Film & TV driving tourism & jobs in Yorkshire

Rozina Breen

Yorkshire is “well and truly on the map” for film and TV producers according to the head of BBC North.

The comments from Rozina Breen following the success of programmes like Last Tango in Halifax, Gentleman Jack and Dracula which have boosted tourism and created hundreds of jobs in the region.

“Yorkshire’s media industry has taken a quantum leap in the last few years. It’s gone from strength-to-strength and only seems to be growing,” said Ms Breen.

“Media bodies from around the world are sitting up and noticing just how much the region has to offer, putting Yorkshire well and truly on the map for some of the world’s best production companies.”

In December the BBC reported that Halifax had become a hotspot for LGBT tourism following the success of BBC One’s Gentleman Jack.

From April 1 to 10 the area will celebrate Anne Lister’s birthday with a host of events. Visitors are expected from as far afield as the US, Belgium, Canada and Iceland.

“It’s great to see the film and TV industry in Yorkshire having such a fantastic impact on the growth of tourism in the county, with visitor numbers increasing rapidly following the success of hit shows such as Gentleman Jack and Victoria, plus the Downton Abbey film spectacularly showcasing wonderful heritage buildings and stunning scenery,” said James Mason, Chief Executive at Welcome to Yorkshire.

He added: “There are many productions to look forward to seeing this year that were shot in Yorkshire, from TV’s Last Tango in Halifax and All Creatures Great and Small to locations in cinema’s The Personal History of David Copperfield and The Secret Garden.

“It’s no surprise that after seeing Yorkshire on screen, people then want to experience its beauty and drama first-hand.”

Meanwhile Channel 4 has moved some of its staff to offices in Leeds, adding to the 500 BBC employees already working in Yorkshire.

Screen Yorkshire recently announced that 27 high-end TV productions and 14 feature films were filmed in the region in 2019, creating more than 1,500 days of work for local crews.