Yorkshire Sights on Screen
Yorkshire: God’s own film set …
This August we are celebrating our fantastic county and showcasing the many locations across Yorkshire which have become famous world-wide through the media of TV and film. With our historic houses, steam railways, industrial cities, idyllic villages and stunning landscapes, it is picture perfect so it’s no wonder that today Yorkshire is one of the top choices for filmmaking in Europe.
From stately homes to menacing moorlands, city streets to brooding clifftops, many of our Yorkshire treasures have been transformed into perfect scenes for period pieces, crime dramas, comedy sitcoms and soap operas.
Our favourite locations increasingly feature in productions from Ackerley Bridge to Victoria, Happy Valley to Peaky Blinders so it seems fitting that Yorkshire has been the home of film making for over 130 years.
First on film …
In October 1888, Louis Le Prince produced the world’s first moving pictures; using a single-lens camera he filmed three seconds of footage of his family and a friend walking around the garden of Oakwood Grange, Leeds. He also filmed his son Adolphe playing the accordion and most famously a short sequence of the people and carriages on Leeds Bridge.
At the time there was no means of watching his films, so he experimented with projection methods and planned the first public screening in New York. Le Prince is said to have boarded a train in Dijon on route to Paris in September 1890, he was never seen again – the perfect storyline for a historical mystery!
Sights on screen …
Since those first shaky shots over a century ago, a wealth of locations across Yorkshire have featured in everything from television soaps and dramas to world class, award-winning blockbusters. Yorkshire folk have become accustomed to the sight of superstars strolling the streets of their towns and countryside – from Hercule Poirot to Harry Potter, Doctor Who to Dad’s Army, Victoria to Gentleman Jack. But it’s not so much who we’ve seen but where they’ve been seen that we are celebrating.
Location, location, location …
As we’re so often told, it’s all about the location; and here in Yorkshire we have the ideal place -whatever the storyline:
- our heritage railways at Keighley and Worth Valley and the North Yorkshire Moors have steamed their way into many a show over the years, including The Railway Children, Harry Potter, ABC Murders and Peaky Blinder
- magnificent Castle Howard has housed Brideshead, Victoria, Death comes to Pemberley and even Garfield; our East Yorkshire beaches at Bridlington, Flamborough and Redcar have starred in Dad’s Army, Atonement and Victoria
- historic Harewood House has been the home to Victoria, Death comes to Pemberley and most recently the Downton Abbey film.
There are just too many places to mention and that’s where YOU come in!
Emmerdale Studio Experience
Small screens with big dramas! Since 1972, Yorkshire has been the home of one of the UK’s most popular soaps – Emmerdale or, as early fans may remember it, Emmerdale Farm. From helicopter crashes and floods, to murder and intrigue Emmerdale has provided generations with some of television’s greatest moments – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down! With filming based in Leeds and at a closed set location within the beautiful Harewood Estate, Emmerdale showcases the best that this county has to offer and, thanks to the tours offered at both The Emmerdale Studio Experience and Emmerdale The Village Tour, you have the chance to experience the drama for yourself! Find out more...
While you’re out and about in our glorious county - whether it’s the dark satanic mills or green and pleasant land - we want your images from any locations of TV programmes and films. We’d love you to share some of our Yorkshire Sights on Screen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #YorkshireFilm and tag in Welcome to Yorkshire – let’s see how many locations we can showcase throughout August …
… what better time to start this than on #YorkshireDay