An epic new drama series hits the TV screens tomorrow night.

And eagle-eyed Huddersfield viewers of the early 20th century gangster drama Peaky Blinders will be watching out for some of the locations.

For several scenes in the BBC 2 production were shot at Brooke’s Mill in Armitage Bridge.

The series, based on ‘legend and historical fact,’ is set in the early 20th century and paints a picture of the struggles of returning soldiers, revolutionaries and criminal gangs in the slums of post war Birmingham.

If you thought that urban gang culture was new, think again – the title comes from razor blades hidden at the front of flat caps.

 

The buildings and surrounding areas at Brooke’s Mill were chosen, having been the home of different film and TV productions since 1999.

The North Light Film Studios were set up in 1999 based in the mill complex.

Their four stages were the base for the well known ITV drama series Where the Heart Is which was shot there for seven years.

Since then the studios and the surrounding mill buildings have been used in a variety of productions to film everything from hospitals, to car crash scenes, to New York offices.

Tiger Aspect’s executive producer Frith Tiplady, who worked on Peaky Blinders, said: “To realise 1919 Birmingham was always going to be a massive challenge. The Birmingham we needed to recreate, due to a combination of the war and town planners, doesn’t exist anymore.

“Yorkshire offered a combination of fantastic period locations, great crew and support of the local councils.

 

“In addition to Armitage Bridge, we used locations including Newby Hall at Ripon, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Leeds Town Hall, City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds and several mills in Bradford.”

Peaky Blinders is a co-production between Caryn Mandabach Productions, the BBC and Tiger Aspect, with funding from Screen Yorkshire and stars Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Annabelle Wallis, Iddo Goldberg and Charlie Creed-Miles.

But one of their co-stars is also proud of his Huddersfield roots.

Major, the Shire horse, normally welcomes visitors to the Holme Valley Heavy Horses Heritage Centre at Hinchliffe’s Farm, Netherton.

But he travelled to Liverpool last autumn to film scenes for the drama.

His owner, Pam Brooke, said: “He’s a relative youngster but he was so good with the public and with the people on the set.

“Some of the scenes have required up to 17 retakes but he behaved perfectly.”

Peaky Blinders is on BBC2 at 9pm on Thursday.