A massive new drama series is to be filmed in Huddersfield.
Film crews will be in town from next week to work on Jericho - a lavish period drama which is expected to be a huge hit for ITV.
It is the latest in a series of film coups for the town, following the success of previous films including Happy Valley, Remember Me, Jamaica Inn and Peaky Blinders.
TV insiders say Jericho - which depicts life in a Yorkshire shanty town in the 1870s - is set to be one of the company’s biggest commissions and is likely to be screened in a primetime weekend slot.
Stars include Call The Midwife actress Jessica Raine, The Wire star Clarke Peters and Mark Addy.
ITV has confirmed it has commissioned the eight-part series which is expected to be broadcast in 2016.
A large part of the filming will take place at North Light Film Studios in Armitage Bridge. There will also be location filming - including scenes at Colne Valley Museum in Golcar, which are due to be filmed on Tuesday.
Ben Sweet, of North Light, said: “It is more fantastic news for the town.
“This is probably the biggest commission we have had and it is certainly destined to be a major new drama series.
“They will be using our studios but also several locations around the town and it is another huge coup for Huddersfield as a venue for film-makers”.
Set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, the drama from production company, ITV Studios, will focus upon the shantytown 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.
An ITV spokesman said: “Rough, rustic and remote, yet with a wild west, carnival atmosphere, Jericho is a community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts, people with secrets to hide and those looking to start again.
“One of the central characters is Annie Quaintain, played by Jessica Raine, who also starred in Fortitude and Wolf Hall, who is a woman who refuses to let tragedy define her. Shattered by her husband’s death and penniless as he has gambled away everything they owned, Annie is turfed out of her home and shunned by former friends and neighbours. Together with her two teenage children, Annie leaves for Jericho in the hopes of re-building their lives.
“Among those Annie first meets in Jericho is Ralph Coates, played by Clarke Peters (The Wire, Notting Hill, Marley & Me). He is a self-styled railway agent whose finest skill is reading other people and seeing beneath their façade. The truth is he has a past that keeps him looking over his shoulder”.
Others set to star in the drama are Hans Matheson (Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Doctor Zhivago, The Tudors), Mark Addy (Atlantis, Remember Me, Game of Thrones). Lorraine Ashbourne (The Syndicate, Public Enemies, The Street) and Amy James-Kelly, who plays Maddie in Coronation Street.
Executive Producer Kate Bartlett said: . “We’re delighted to be embarking on the production of Jericho, an epic character driven drama set in the visually striking landscape of a frontier community. We’re also thrilled that we have a wonderful cast with Jessica Raine, Hans Matheson and Clarke Peters in the leading roles.”