South Riding: Leeds landmarks used in filming of TV drama

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EAGLE-eyed TV viewers should be on the lookout for Yorkshire landmarks when new BBC1 drama South Riding starts this weekend.

The three-part adaptation of Winifred Holtby’s classic novel of the same name features a string of locations across the Broad Acres.

Places in Leeds used during filming included the Harewood estate, Morley Town Hall and Hunslet’s Garden Gate pub.

Salts Mill and Bradford’s Connaught Rooms were also locations for the drama, set during the aftermath of the First World War.

And the White Rose backdrops clearly went down a treat with actor David Morrissey, who plays South Riding’s troubled landowner Robert Carne.

He said: “We found some great places like Sunk Island on the East Coast. We also used some great public buildings like Morley Town Hall. If you look at the paintings and photographs on the town hall walls, the characters from the novel are right there, even their names!”

Morrissey’s fellow cast members include Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House) and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey).

Location filming was supported by Screen Yorkshire, the Leeds-based agency that promotes the county’s.

Its production liaison manager, Chris Hordley, said: “South Riding is a beautiful, engaging drama that has Yorkshire right at its heart. It really showcases the versatility of the county as a location.”

Published in 1935, Yorkshire-born Holtby’s novel tackles issues such as fox-hunting, land reclamation and education for girls.

South Riding starts on BBC1 at 9pm this Sunday.

l Screen Yorkshire is continuing to consult with its staff about their jobs ahead of a Government shake-up of the country’s regional film agencies.

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