Could Huddersfield be the setting for another big TV drama?

That’s the hope of industry experts and Kirklees Council after top TV writer Kay Mellor paid a visit.

She spent several hours at Huddersfield Town Hall doing research for a new drama which is to be broadcast next year.

And there was hope she will pick locations in Huddersfield for the filming.

The news comes after the successful launch of the big new ITV drama series Jericho which was filmed extensively in Huddersfield.

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Provisional viewing figures suggest more than 3.3m watched the first episode last week and industry outsiders are hopeful that will pick up as the series unfolds.

By comparison, the return of the BBC1 drama Death in Paradise attracted 6m viewers, while the finale of Downton Abbey attracted 6.25m.

Meanwhile, Kay Mellor – who has been behind TV dramas such as Playing the Field, Fat Friends and The Syndicate – spent time with Kirklees Council registrars doing research for a new TV drama that will, as always, be set in Yorkshire.

She was a special guest at a citizenship ceremony being held for a family from Burma, Mr Tual Go Chin and his family. Conducting the ceremony was Deputy Registrar Helen Flatt. Deputy Mayor Jim Dodds and Deputy Mayoress Carol Dodds were present.

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During the ceremony Kay congratulated the family on their British Citizenship and talked of her love for Yorkshire.

“I live and work in Leeds because Yorkshire is a great place to live,” she said. “People are really friendly and you can really get to know your community.”

The scriptwriter has visited other registry offices around the region including York and Leeds but did comment that Huddersfield Town Hall definitely had the most beautiful rooms.

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She will now start writing the new drama which is due to be aired in Spring 2017.

The Leeds-born director started her career by forming the Yorkshire Theatre Company with two friends from Bretton Hall College. They began touring plays which Kay had written. Since her first play for theatre, Paul, which was entered for the National Student Drama Festival and won Best New Play, Kay has written continuously for theatre and television. Her shows over the years have won and been nominated for numerous awards, and Kay herself was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter award in 1997 for Outstanding Writing for Television.