AN artist who has spent decades capturing the North Pennines on canvas has been filmed for a national television programme.

Paul Stangroom, who was born in Washington, but now lives in Prudhoe, is set to appear on BBC1’s popular nature programme Countryfile on Sunday.

Paul, whose work is displayed at his gallery, Paul Stangroom Fine Art in the town, was followed by cameramen for the programme as he painted earlier this month.

The footage was shot at Wall Fell Farm near Stagshaw, and then at Great Whittington Fell, as well as in Paul’s gallery.

The artist said he was pleased to have been involved, after he was contacted due to his existing work focused on the area.

He said: “I got a call from a researcher who had seen my social media.

“They were doing a feature on Teesdale. I’ve painted High Force before and they asked me if I wanted to be part of it. I said ‘yes please’.

“I’m delighted. I’ve been doing this for years and the work doesn’t change, but people’s perceptions of it might.

“It’s a national audience, I’m told anywhere between six and 30 million people will see it, so it will broaden my audience.

“Whether it will transfer into sales, only time will tell.

“If it puts bread on the table, I will be delighted.”