Yorkshire on Film and TV 

Yorkshire has always been a popular filming location, and it has increased in popularity in recent times. The county’s stunning landscapes and many well kept historical buildings, as well as gritty urban areas, make it a desirable setting for TV series and films.

Top Locations

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

    Goathland Station
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - For the first Harry Potter film, they used Goathland Station for filming. It was called Hogsmeade Station in the film and was where the Hogwarts Express ended. You can see where Hagrid gave Harry the photo of his parents. Goathland Station, Cow Wath Bank, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5NF

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  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (2010)

    Malham Cove
    Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Harry and Hermione set up camp in a tent on the Limestone Pavement at the top of Malham Cove, on their search for the horcruxes. There are several scenes across Malhamdale including the view to Cawden and down to Malham village and Kirkby Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DJ.

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  • Alan Bennett's A Day Out (1972)

    Halifax to Ripon
    Alan Bennett's A Day Out - His debut play for television follows the members of a Halifax cycling club on an outing from Halifax to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Cast includes David Waller, James Cossins, John Normington, Philip Locke and David Hill. Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal, Ripon, North Yorkshire and Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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  • All Creatures Great and Small (1978-1990)

    Askrigg
    All Creatures Great and Small - All exterior scenes were filmed in North Yorkshire, mostly in the village of Askrigg, Upper Wensleydale, for the fictional Darrowby and Bainbridge. Go to https://worldofjamesherriot.com/tv-locations/ for more detailed information.

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  • A Passionate Woman (2010)

    Leeds
    A Passionate Woman - Set in Leeds and starring Billie Piper in 1950's Britain, this 2-part drama mini series follows a bored housewife who falls in love with her Polish neighbour. External scenes filmed at Roundhay Park, Hyde Terrace, Hyde Park Cinema, Blenheim Square and the City Centre Market in Leeds, with other scenes in Bradford and Ilkley.

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  • Band of Gold (1995)

    Bradford
    Band of Gold - Filmed on Lumb Lane, a real street in Manningham, Bradford, this series is about the lives of a group of sex workers who live and work in Bradford's red-light district. Cast includes Geraldine James, Cathy Tyson, Barbara Dickson and Samantha Morton. The last series, Gold, is the last chapter into the lives of two of the ex-prostitutes and their battle to break ties with their former lives.

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  • Emmerdale (1972 -)

    Harewood Estate, Leeds
    Emmerdale - The original filming location for Emmerdale Farm was in Arncliffe in Littondale, North Yorkshire. In 1976 filming moved to Esholt until 1998. From then to the present day it is filmed at the Harewood Estate. Interior scenes at Leeds Studios, West Yorkshire. Emmerdale has been on air since 1972.

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  • Fat Friends (2000-2005)

    Headingley, Leeds
    Fat Friends - Kay Mellor's series follows members of a slimmimg club, and stars Gaynor Faye, James Corden, Ruth Jones, Alison Steadman, Lisa Riley, Janet Dibley and Richard Risdings. It was filmed in Headlingley, Leeds.

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  • Gun Powder (2017)

    East Riddlesden Hall and Fountains Abbey
    Gun Powder - Drama mini-series about Guy Fawkes and a group of English Catholics who planned to blow up the House of Lords, starring Kit Harrington. Filming locations include East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley, West Yorkshire and Fountains Abbey, Ripon, North Yorkshire.

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  • Heartbeat (1992-2010)

    Goathland
    Heartbeat - They filmed 18 series of this 1960s drama in Goathland, Whitby, North Yorkshire. It followed the lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield. Cast included Nick Berry, Jason Durr, William Simons, Derek Fowlds, Mark Jordan, Bill Maynard and Tricia Penrose.

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  • In The Club (2014)

    Leeds
    In The Club - A series created by Kay Mellor and set in Leeds, West Yorkshire, which followed a group of expectant parents who bonded at antenatal classes and their lives leading up to the birth. Cast includes Will Mellor, Jill Halfpenny and Katherine Parkinson.

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  • Last of the Summer Wine (1973-2010)

    Holmfirth
    Last of the Summer Wine - 31 series of the longest running comedy programme in Britain were filmed between 1973 and 2010 in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. The sitcom follows 3 old men from Yorkshire and the calamities they get themselves into. Starring Peter Sallis, Bill Owen, Brian Wilde and Kathy Staff as 'Nora Batty'

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  • Open All Hours (1973)

    Balby
    Open All Hours - Roy Clarke's sitcom, Open All Hours, was filmed in Balby, Doncaster in South Yorkshire. Original series starred Ronnie Barker and David Jason, following Arkwright's corner shop and now Still Open All Hours follows Granville (Jason) and his daft son, Leroy (James Baxter), which is now in its 5th series.

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  • A Touch of Frost (1992-2010)

    Pontefract and Castleford
    A Touch of Frost - This long running detective series was mainly filmed in Wakefield and the neighbouring small towns of Pontefract and Castleford in West Yorkshire. They have done 15 series following DI Jack Frost, an unconventional policeman. Starring David Jason, Bruce Alexander and John Lyons.

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  • Victoria (2016)

    Across Yorkshire
    Victoria - Victoria follows the early life of Queen Victoria. Film locations include Harewood House, Harrogate, Carlton Towers, Bramham Park, Beverley Minster, York, Castle Howard, York and Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham. Starring Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Adrian Schiller, Neil Hudson and Daniekla Holtz.

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  • Last Tango in Halifax (2012-2016)

    Halifax
    Last Tango in Halifax - They have filmed 4 series of this popular comedy drama starring Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker. Celia and Alan decide to marry after being reunited after over 50 years apart and the show follows their lives and their daughters. Set in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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  • Happy Valley (2014)

    Halifax
    Happy Valley - Popular drama series, starring Sarah Lancashire, James Norton and Siobhan Finneran, filmed in the Calder Valley, showing the Yorkshire Moors and rolling Pennine Hills. Two series were filmed in Huddersfield and Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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  • Agatha (1979)

    Harrogate
    Agatha - Drama film based on the famed murder mystery writer, Agatha Christie's 11 day disappearance in 1926, after her husband tells her he wants a divorce. Set at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Dalton.

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  • Brassed Off (1996)

    Grimethorpe, Barnsley
    Brassed Off - British comedy drama starring Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald and Ewan MacGregor. It follows a miners' brass band when their coilery might be closing. Set in Grimethorpe(Grimley), Barnsley, South Yorkshire and the nearby areas of the Dearne Valley (S. Yorks) and the Hemsworth area (W. Yorks)

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  • To Walk Invisible : The Bronte Sisters (2016)

    Haworth
    To Walk Invisible : The Bronte Sisters - Chronicle of the life of the Bronte sisters, mainly filmed in Haworth, West Yorkshire as well as Micklegate, York and Bradford. Go to Bronte Country to see where these acclaimed novelists lived their lives nearly 200 years ago.

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  • Calendar Girls (2003)

    Kettlewell
    Calendar Girls - Based on a true story of a Women's Institute, whose members posed nude for a fundraising calendar, which becomes a media sensation. Set in Kettlewell, Upper Wharfedale in North Yorkshire. The comedy drama starred Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Penelope Wilton.

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  • The Full Monty (1997)

    Sheffield
    The Full Monty - This British comedy film was set in and filmed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. It follows six unemployed men, who are inspired by The Chippendales, to strip totally nude to raise some cash. Cast includes Robert Carlisle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer.

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  • God's Own Country (2017)

    Laycock
    God's Own Country - The film follows a young sheep farmer (Josh O'Connor) in Yorkshire whose life is transformed by a Romanian migrant worker (Gheorghe Ionescu). Filmed in Laycock, Bradford, Keighley, Haworth and Otley, West Yorkshire.

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  • Kes (1969)

    Barnsley
    Kes - Kes, based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave, follows a 15 year old young lad who is bullied at school and abused at home. He tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon. Filming takes place across South Yorkshire, mainly in Barnsley. Cast includes David Bradley, Lynne Perrie and Colin Welland.

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  • The Railway Children (1970)

    Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
    The Railway Children - Based on a novel by E Nesbit, The Railway Children is filmed at Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, West Yorkshire. This classic film follows three children who move away with their mother after the enforced absence of their father. Cast includes Bernard Cribbins, Jenny Agutter, Sallly Thomsett and William Mervyn.

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  • Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

    Bradford
    Rita, Sue and Bob Too - The raw, realistic, classic film follows married man, Bob (George Costigan) and his two young babysitters (Siobhan Finneran and Michelle Holmes), in Buttershaw, Bradford, and various locations across West Yorkshire. The two school girls have a fling with Bob.

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  • Four Lions (2010)

    Sheffield & Doncaster
    Four Lions - A dark comedy about four imcompetent British, Jihadi suicide bombers, with scenes filmed in Sheffield, Doncaster, and Robin Hood Airport, South Yorkshire. Cast Includes Riz Ahmend, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsaym, Adeel Aktar and Arsher Ali.

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  • Lad: A Yorkshire Story (2013)

    Settle
    Lad: A Yorkshire Story - The film follows a teenage boy, Tom (Bretten Lord) who forms a friendship with a park ranger, Al Thorpe (Alan Gibson) in the Yorkshire Dales after the death of his father. Settle, Austwick and Ribblehead, North Yorkshire provide the back drop for this award-winning film.

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  • Secret Garden (1993)

    Grassington
    Secret Garden - Film based on the novel The Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, filmed at Conistone Moor near Grassington, where a young recently orphaned girl is sent to England, after living in India all her life. Cast includes Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott and Maggie Smith.

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  • The Dresser (1983)

    York and Bradford
    The Dresser - This 1983 drama film, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Edward Fox, followed an effeminate PA who helped an actor get through a touch King Lear performance. Yorkshire filming locations included York Station, The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford and Piece Hall in Halifax.

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  • Wuthering Heights (2011)

    Grassington
    Wuthering Heights - The set for this film was built just north of Grassington in North Yorkshire. Aysgarth, Keighley, Malham and Halifax scenes where also featured in the film, which was based on the Emily Bronte Book. Cast included Kaya Scodelario, James Hoson and Solomon Glave.

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  • The Damned United (2009)

    Leeds
    The Damned United - Film based on Brian Clough's 44 day reign as manager at Leeds United. Filming locations include Scarborough, Elland Road Stadium at Leeds and Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Cast includes Michael Sheen, Colin Meaney, Henry Goodman and David Roper.

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  • Peaky Blinders (2014-present)

    Leeds
    Peaky Blinders - This gangster 'box set' is one not to miss, following a gang led by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and set in Birmingham in the 1920s. Filmed mainly in Liverpool, Leeds, Keighley and Bradford, West Yorkshire.

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Other TV/Films

  • Private Function - Ben Rhydding, Ilkley
  • A Chorus of Disapproval - Scarborough
  • A Sense of the Past - Hyde Park Cinema, Leeds
  • A Woman of Substance - Brimham Rocks/Richmond
  • Ain't Misbehavin' - Harrogate
  • Billy Liar - Bradford and Baildon
  • Body and Soul - Bradford
  • Brideshead Revisited - Castle Howard, near York
  • Carrington - Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Dales
  • Chariots of Fire - Crown Place, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate
  • Crinkley House - Askrigg
  • Darling Buds of May - Interior scenes were filmed in Yorkshire
  • David Copperfield - Robin Hoods Bay
  • DCI Banks: Aftermath - Across Yorkshire
  • Dracula - Temple Newsam House, Leeds, also Whitby
  • Escape from the Dark - Ripley Castle, Harrogate
  • Five Days - Filmed in Leeds, Wakefield and Dewsbury in summer 2009
  • Foxy Lady - Hebden Bridge
  • Harry's Game - Various city centre locations - Leeds
  • How We Used to Live - Armley Mills Industrial Museum, Leeds
  • In Loving Memory - Luddenden, Halifax and surrounding area
  • Jane Eyre - Keighley, Ripley Castle and Blubberhouses Moor
  • Jimmy's (YTV documentary programme) - St James' University Hospital Leeds
  • Juliet Bravo - Todmorden, Widdop Moor
  • Life of Charles Dickens - Armley Mills
  • Life and Times of Henry Pratt - Todmorden
  • Married Single Other - Leeds
  • Mr Wroe's Virgins - Heptonstall
  • My Brother Jonathan - Hyde Park Cinema, Leeds
  • Oh no it's Selwyn Froggitt - Skelmanthorpe, Clavton West
  • Only Fools and Horses (To Hull & Back) - City Varieties, Leeds
  • PC Penrose (Rosie) - Rossington, Doncaster and Scarborough
  • Pulse - Medical horror - various West Yorkshire locations
  • Raffles - Bramham Park near Wetherby
  • Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves - Aysgarth Falls, Hardraw Force
  • Room at the Top - Calderdale
  • Seaforth - Beeston, Hebden Bridge, Killingbeck, Harewood House, Saltburn, Bradford, Harrogate and Leeds
  • See you at Wembley (Frankie Walsh) - Hull and Burton Agnes
  • Sharpe - Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge and East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley
  • Sherlock Holmes - Lotherton Hall, Leeds, and Allerton Park
  • Song of Experience - Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Hyde Park Picture House
  • Spanish Flu - The Forgotten Fallen - Saltaire Village near Bradford, Armley Mills Museum in Leeds and Dewsbury Town Hall
  • Stay Lucky - Sowerby Bridge and around Leeds/Liverpool canal basin in Leeds
  • Sunday, Bloody Sunday - The Dons RL Football Ground, Tattersfield, Doncaster
  • The Beiderbecke Affair - Leeds and Wakefield
  • The Citadel - Hebden Bridge
  • The Gemma Factor - Sheffield
  • The Good Old Days - City Varieties, Leeds
  • The King's Speech - Elland Road in Leeds and Odsal Stadium in Bradford feature at the beginning of the film
  • This is England '86 - Sheffield
  • The Trip - Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden - Craven District and Yorkshire Dales
  • The Waterbabies - Denton Hall, Ilkley
  • The Royal - North York Moors and coast
  • The Sporting Life - Wakefield
  • The Final Conflict - Fountains Abbey
  • Yanks - Keighley