Hit television programmes with links to Bolton have been named in the top three most popular TV detectives in the UK.

Bolton School old boy Ralf Little stars in Death In Paradise, which came third in the list with 133,000 internet searches.

Set in the Carribean, the show is unique for having four different actors play the lead detective throughout its eleven series with the most recent and longest serving actor as Ralf playing DI Neville Parker on the BBC One series.

Ralf took over from comedian Ardal O'Hanlan in 2020.

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The former Bolton schoolboy is widely known for his role Antony Royle in The Royle Family, which he first starred in as a teenager.

Casino and iGaming experts at online.casino compiled a list of the top 20 which also included tHappy Valley, which has filmed in Bolton, with the town being showcased in the current series.

While Line of Duty tops the list with 502,000 searches per month, Happy Valley sits a comfortable 14th with 48,000 searches but still has high ratings on places like IMDB.

Sarah Lancashire, who plays Sgt Catherine Cawood, was seen in Bolton town for episode two of the third and final series.

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Several Bolton businesses in the town centre were featured including Amico Café, Scoopalicious, and The Vaults.

The drama has also used Bolton School as the backdrop for some of its scenes previously.

Bolton is a popular location for hit dramas, and is sometimes referred to as the Hollywood of the North as hit shows like Peaky Blinders was filmed in Bolton, as well as It’s A Sin and Red Rose.

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Stars like Helena Bonham Carter and Cillian Murphy have graced the cobbles of Le Mans Crescent, the town’s most popular filming location, as TV crews are regularly seen filming in the area.


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Happy Valley is currently the talk of the town as series three is airing, leaving fans in awe of the hit show.

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