Yorkshire has given the media the years the perfect venue to shoot both films and television series. The wide variety of landscapes has provided producers with the perfect settings for many of their projects and the sight of a television crew working away is not a common uncommon sight when travelling around the county.
The industrial landscape of Sheffield was the perfect location for the 1997 comedy film “The full Monty”. The film featured the fortunes of six unemployed Sheffield steelworkers who in their desperation to find employment and earn money, decide to form their own male striptease act.
Despite the light hearted nature of the film it did deal with many of the issues that the old industrial areas of Yorkshire were suffering from during the late twentieth century, especially the lack of employment opportunities that were available then. The film was a huge success grossing over 250 million US dollars from a budget of only 3.5 million dollars.
Another film that made a huge amount of money at the box office was “Calendar Girls” that was based on a true story and in 2003 raised over 96 million US dollars at the box office. It followed the fortunes of a group of Yorkshire Women who wanted to raise money for Leukemia Research.
Under the auspices of the Women’s Institute they produced a nude picture calendar of themselves with each lady representing a particular month. The beauty of the idea was that no one would have ever expected that these ladies, from middle class rural Yorkshire, of being photographed in the nude.
The County is also the home to many television series and one soap. The soap that is filmed in the Yorkshire Dales is “Emmerdale”, which is centered on the fictional village of Emmerdale. It is aired on each weekday evening and has been running since 1972.
The program follows the fortunes of the people of the fictitious village. It also covers the problems that are encountered in many rural areas of the United Kingdom today. The sighting of the filming in the Dales is the perfect back drop to a program trying to reflect a village where it appears that little has changed for a long time.
These exact reasons are why “The Last of the Summer Wine” chose to film around Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. They stayed in the same location for 31 series between 1973 and 2010 where it became the longest running sitcom in the world.
In each of the 293 episodes the characters were seen in story lines set in either the traditional small Yorkshire town, or out and about in the Yorkshire moorland with hills and valleys dominating the scenic background.
Although many television series take advantage of the rural regions of Yorkshire there are others that are set in the county’s urban centers. “Rising Damp” was a sit com filmed between 1974 and 1978, and was set in a squalid bed-sit in Leeds. This was pretty typical of accommodation that could be found in the city around this period.
Yorkshire has been the setting for many different films and television programs, and with the variety of landscapes that it possesses it will continue to do so in the future.