A NORTH-EAST landmark will be the centre of a psychic investigation as part of a new television series.

Marsden Grotto, near South Shields, which was bought by Tavistock Leisure, of Sunderland, is about to be restored to its former glory, with plans to reopen it as a restaurant and bar later this year.

The grotto has a long history of ghostly goings-on, which will be put under scrutiny as part of a series for BBC channel UK Horizon.

The programme, Haunted, is being made by Lion Television, which is responsible for series including Paddington Green, Castaway and Hotel.

It will be fronted by former Doctor Who Tom Baker.

An investigation team is visiting six sites around the country, using various methods of detecting ghostly activity. Team members will spend five days at Marsden from next Thursday, monitoring activity 24 hours a day.