Singer Pixie Lott is set to appear in the second feature-length film of the new series of Inspector George Gently, which begins shooting in the northeast of England next month.

The story finds Gently (Martin Shaw) and Sergeant Bacchus investigating the death of a holiday camp entertainer and uncovering "a story of jealousy, ambition and the dark underbelly of the permissive society".

The police drama series' producer, Matthew Bird, said: "We were casting the second film of the new series of Inspector George Gently and were looking for someone to play Megan, an entertainer at the Blue Bird Holiday Camp in 1969.

"We were looking for an actress that could act, sing and dance and then I saw Pixie acting so brilliantly with Rowan Atkinson in their performance of Goodness Gracious Me (filmed for the NHS Organ Donation From The Heart campaign). It was a brilliant remake of the classic Sixties song performed by Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers - and that was it!

"Pixie was very excited about joining the cast and we are delighted that Pixie is to make her TV acting debut in Inspector George Gently – we know she will bring something very special to the role."

Lott added: "I love the fact that Inspector George Gently is a period drama set in the Sixties and I can't wait to play the role of Megan. It will be great to be filming in the Northeast, and getting to play a role that gives me a real feel for the period."