Jericho begins tomorrow — and you might spot a few familiar places on screen.

Filmed in Huddersfield, the new ITV drama promises colourful characters and a 'carnival atmosphere'.

Set in 1870s Yorkshire, the drama focuses on shanty town Jericho, a community brought together to build a viaduct.

Here's everything you need to know

What is it about?

To quote ITV: "Set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, the drama focuses upon the shanty town of Jericho, home to a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build.

"Rough, rustic and remote with a carnival atmosphere, Jericho is a community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts, people with secrets to hide and those looking to start again."

The drama has a cast of colourful characters: navvies, entrepreneurs, street urchins, prostitutes, families, wives, girlfriends and lovers are flung together in a project that could take years to complete.

Hard graft meets high stakes, blossoming romances and hostile terrain — it sounds gripping.

Who's in it?


Jessica Raine will star in Jericho

Call the Midwife and Fortitude star Jessica Raine plays Annie Quaintain, a penniless widow turfed out of her home and hoping to rebuild her life in Jericho with her two teenage children.

You may also remember Jessica from Wolf Hall (Jane Boleyn) and BBC2 police drama Line of Duty .


Clarke Peters as Ralph Coates in new ITV series Jericho
Clarke Peters as Ralph Coates in new ITV series Jericho

Best known his role as Lester Freamon in HBO cult hit The Wire , Clarke Peters plays railway agent Ralph Coates, whose finest skills is reading other people and seeing beneath their facade.

You might have also spotted him in Marley & Me and Notting Hill.


Pictured: HANS MATHESON as Johnny in Jericho

Scottish actor Hans Matheson is known for his roles in The Virgin Queen, Deathwatch, The Tudors, and Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and plays Johnny Jackson, a dark, handsome navvy.

He's also appeared iin films Clash of the Titans and 300:Rise of an Empire .


Life on Mars and Last Tango in Halifax actor Dean Andrews
Life on Mars and Last Tango in Halifax actor Dean Andrews

Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes star and Rotherham lad Dean Andrews plays 'Happy' Jack Laggan, a burly navvy labourer who takes no prisoners and isn't afraid of hard graft.

It's not the first time he's filmed around these parts — you may also know him from Sally Wainwright show Last Tango In Halifax .


Lorraine Ashbourne in The Street
Lorraine Ashbourne in The Street

Known for her roles in The Syndicate , Public Enemies and The Street , Lorraine Ashbourne plays Jericho's resident prostitute, Lacy Polly.

Lorraine has also had a long-running career in the theatre, performing in the West End and Manchester.


Amy James-Kelly
Amy James-Kelly

Former Corrie favourite Amy James-Kelly plays Annie's daughter Martha, a teenager dazzled by Lacy Polly's fineries.

Amy played Maddie Heath in Coronation Street, the girlfriend of Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent), for 18 months.

Who's behind it?

Jericho is the creation of Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Steve Thompson, with ITV Studios director of drama Kate Bartlett (Vera, Marchlands). BAFTA-nominated director Paul Whittington (Cilla, Mirs Biggs, The Widower) has directed the first two episodes, and the series has been produced by Lisa Osborne (Little Dorrit, South Riding, Quirke).

Where in Huddersfield was it filmed?

Some scenes were shot in Golcar, at the Colne Valley Museum, and others on the moors above Meltham.

Pictures: Fliming in Golcar

But the main setting for the shanty town that was named Jericho was a former quarry.

Rockingstone Quarry is between Outlane and Scapegoat Hill and is owned by Huddersfield stone firm Johnsons Wellfield.

Rockingstones Quarry
Rockingstones Quarry

They allowed film crews to take it over for several months and Kirklees Council gave production teams permission to build the shanty town set.

How many episodes are there?

There are eight episodes in the series.

When is it on?

The first, feature-length episode will air on ITV and ITV HD on Thursday January 7, 9pm-10.30pm.

It will then air at 9pm every Thursday evening. Episodes will be one hour long.

Reporter Samantha Gildea will be running a Jericho series blog — share your thoughts on each episode via our Facebook page, Twitter, or email