Excited workers at Elland’s Overgate Hospcie are looking forward to their moment in the limelight.

For they are to appear as extras in the first episode of the new series of the gritty police drama Happy Valley.

The series, starring Sarah Lancashire, won a clutch of awards first time around and returns to our TV screens next Tuesday.

Much of the filming was done in Huddersfield and Calderdale, and several scenes were shot at Overgate.

Some scenes feature former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper in the soap.

In autumn last year the Happy Valley film crew, led by creator Huddersfield-born Sally Wainwright, visited several locations to film the second series of the Bafta award-winning drama.

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Early September saw the crew spend the day filming pivotal scenes at Overgate Hospice, where staff, volunteers and patients alike were thrilled to meet the actors and learn more about the filming process.

Filming at Overgate: (L-R) Julie Ogle, Sarah Lancashire, Kate Brown, Karen Jennings

Ange Walton, Clinical Services Director said; ‘We were thrilled to be able to welcome Sally and her team here at the Hospice, not only because it was a source of excitement for the team and our patients but also because it was a great opportunity for us to show what a Hospice environment is truly like; namely warm, friendly and comforting.

“We worked closely with Sally on the scenes set here to ensure they were true to life and it was a great experience for all involved.’

Staff members and volunteers at the Hospice were invited to enter their name in to a draw to win the opportunity to be an extra on the show, with several appearing as nurses.

One of the lucky few was volunteer Sue Wood who got to play a receptionist and said; ‘It was such an exciting day and despite their busy schedule the actors made the time to chat to the patients, which was lovely.

“I feel honoured to be involved and cannot wait to see the finished show.’

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Janet Cawtheray, Chief Executive said; ‘We are grateful to have the opportunity to present a truly representative view of Hospice care to a national audience, and that the series is due to air so early in the year gives us a great starting point to launch our 35th anniversary celebrations.’

Overgate staff in TV drama L-R Val Craven, Angela King, Leanne Grice, Angela Gill, Carol Divers and Marica Binns.

The series again focuses on Sgt Catherine Cawood, played by Lancashire, who again is haunted by her nemesis, murderer Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton.

Former Huddersfield detective Bob Bridgestock and his wife Carol were part of the consultants used by the production crew to ensure authenticity.

The first episode of the new series of Happy Valley will air on Tuesday, February 9, at 9pm on BBC1.