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Spender was the brainchild of Jimmy Nail & Ian La Frenais, based on an original idea by Jimmy to create a North East based cop drama.

The series was based and filmed heavily in Newcastle Upon Tyne and would

feature many famous well known landmarks. This was the first drama on

mainstream British TV to be based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, and has been

praised by the critics for it’s grittiness and showing the North East in a different

light. Stan Hey the writer of several series 3 episodes remembers it with

fondness.

“This was a gritty, atmospheric, undercover cop series with a great cast. Jimmy

put his heart and soul into it and it showed. Great locations and a cracking

theme too. 'Spender'. What else....”

Many storylines would feature back stories on the characters, not only Spender

but his family and work colleagues, and his trusty sidekick Stick played by the

late Sammy Johnson. Several episodes would venture into darker subjects such

as the death of major characters and kidnappings.

A cast of well knowns which included Auf Wiedersehen, Pet co stars Timothy

Spall, Christopher Fairbank, Berwick Kaler & Brendan Healy would pop up

during the 21 episode run between January 1991 and December 1993.

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ABOUT

Spender was the brainchild of Jimmy Nail & Ian La Frenais, based on an original idea by Jimmy to create a North East based cop drama.

The series was based and filmed heavily in

Newcastle Upon Tyne and would feature many

famous well known landmarks. This was the

first drama on mainstream British TV to be

based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, and has been

praised by the critics for it’s grittiness and

showing the North East in a different light. Stan

Hey the writer of several series 3 episodes

remembers it with fondness.

“This was a gritty, atmospheric, undercover cop

series with a great cast. Jimmy put his heart

and soul into it and it showed. Great locations

and a cracking theme too. 'Spender'. What

else....”

Many storylines would feature back stories on

the characters, not only Spender but his family

and work colleagues, and his trusty sidekick

Stick played by the late Sammy Johnson.

Several episodes would venture into darker

subjects such as the death of major characters

and kidnappings.

A cast of well knowns which included Auf

Wiedersehen, Pet co stars Timothy Spall,

Christopher Fairbank, Berwick Kaler & Brendan

Healy would pop up during the 21 episode run

between January 1991 and December 1993.