Drama filmed in Leeds to hit screens

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
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A drama filmed at some of the city’s most cherished historic landmarks is about to hit the small screen.

Billed as “one of the most ambitious TV dramas ever undertaken in the UK,” Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, was shot at sites across Yorkshire including Temple Newsam and Kirkstall Abbey.

Cast and crew spent four months filming in the region on the series which is the largest scale production that Screen Yorkshire has ever invested in.

Nick Hirschkorn, producer, Feel Films, said: “The perfect combination of stunning locations, a healthy crew base, affordable rates and unwavering support from Screen Yorkshire, made basing Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in Leeds and York for 16 weeks of filming a very easy decision to make. I look forward to returning to capitalise on all the wonderful relationships that were built during this large and complex production.”

The epic seven part drama, which will premiere on BBC One on May 17, was also shot at locations including Studio 81 in Leeds; St Johns North, St Johns Square and South Parade in Wakefield; Otley; Fountains Abbey; and St Williams College, Lady Peckett’s Yard, College Street, The Shambles, York Minster and Newbrough Priory in York. The production also filmed in Canada and Croatia.

Hugo Heppell, Screen Yorkshire’s head of investments, said: “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is epic television in every sense. Rooted in Yorkshire, infused with a Yorkshire sensibility, and shot extensively in the region, we couldn’t be more proud of this spectacular series and everybody involved in its production.”

Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, the story of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell opens in York at the beginning of the 19th-century, when the people of England no longer believe in magic. This all changes when the reclusive Mr Norrell causes the statues of York Minster to speak and move.