Lavish new TV drama Jericho brought massive economic benefits to Huddersfield.

Hours after the first episode of the ITV drama was aired, MP Jason McCartney revealed it cost more than £10m to make.

And the Colne Valley Tory is delighted that a large chunk of that budget was spent in the Huddersfield area last year during the huge film production process.

The MP was invited to spend a day on set with the production company as they filmed in Rockingstone Quarry between Scapegoat Hill and Outlane.

He was delighted with the experience and is now pushing hard both for a second series of Jericho and for more TV and film companies to pick the area.

The series is set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s when workers moved into the area to build the Ribblehead Viaduct.

The set of ITV drama Jerico

A whole shanty town grew up and the series centres on the characters living there.

The series features a well-known cast including Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine and Clarke Peters (The Wire, Notting Hill, Marley & Me).

The quarry filming ran for many weeks and saw a replica of the shanty town and the viaduct constructed.

Other filming was done on the moors above Meltham, in Golcar at the Colne Valley Museum and at the North Light Film Studios in Armitage Bridge.

Mr McCartney said: “I was invited up to the set and met the cast when I spent a day with them.

“I also got the chance to chat with many of the extras, who are local people, as well as the stars of the show.

MP Jason McCartney visiting the set of ITV drama Jerico

“It was a fabulous experience.

“I’m chairman of the ITV group in the Commons and now I’m pressing them to make a decision abut commissioning a second series. Obviously it depends on the viewing figures but certainly the impressions I have gained is that it will be a super success.

“They tell me it cost more than £1m to produce each episode, which makes the whole budget something like a major film. That’s good news for the local economy, with the cast staying in local hotels like the Cedar Court Hotel and Holmfirth B & Bs, and eating in local restaurants.

“We’ve also got Happy Valley filming here and of course there is the Hollywood movie A Monster Calls, again filmed in the Colne Valley, due out later this year.

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Some parts of the outdoor filming have been completed.

Con O’Neill, one of the new actors who has joined the Happy Valley cast, tweeted: “It’s a wrap”.

“It is really good they have chosen this area and we want them to return”.

There was avid interest in the launch of the new TV series Jericho, as it was filmed extensively in Huddersfield.

So what did people make of the lavish eight-part drama?

It seems many of you enjoyed the first episode and are looking forward to the show next week. And many enjoyed looking out for familiar locations used for the filming.

Here are some of the views:

Helen Dolan: I thought it was a bit slow to start and didn’t like the depressing music in the back ground but I did get into it the last half hour think it was ok

Paul Taylor: Blake Lea up Marsden just over Eastergate bridge used for wash scenes I think! Brought back memories as a young un doing exactly same up there

Diane Hobson: Really enjoyed it and will be watching avidly to see what happens next week! The opening scene at Colne Valley Museum was just above the house where I grew up in! Used to go to the museum with my dad when it was Golcar Labour Club!! Anyway, loving the scenery and the memories and looking forward to the next storyline!

Ben Sweet: A great start to Jericho. Great reviews and how good does it feel to have our part of Yorkshire beamed to the nation! flying the flag for British drama in little old Huddersfield, be proud.

David Neal: Not over impressed, I was expecting s drama & got Coronation Street/Eastenders set in Victorian times.

Barbara Townsend: great that its local, but too many adverts, and an hour and a half was too long. I’ve recorded the last half an hour

Shell Rowland: Were they in golcar at the beginning x

Filming of ITV production,Jericho at the Colne Valley Museum, Cliffe Ash, Golcar. The production company on Cliffe Ash which was closed during filming in the museum.

Mandy Birbeck: Loved it my little girl in the middle was a navvy filmed a good few times can’t wait for more x

Margaret Crank: Loved it but two many advertisements in between

Julie Read Moutell: Loved it. Shows the fantastic scenery we have

Kevin Barry Hawkins: Yeah I like it, well so far

Sheila Taylor: Really good start to the series, cannot wait for next week

Maureen Fraser: Loved it will be watching every week .

Janet Kennedy: Thoroughly enjoyed it, looking forward to next weeks episode!

Phillip Hargrave: Was has good as I thought it would be with a twist in the tail at the end should be interesting to see how it ends.