Bradford will be well and truly in the spotlight next week.
For the hub of ‘Yollywood’ is hosting filming for a special edition of popular BBC programme, The One Show.
On Monday, producers of the topical show will be at Bradford Playhouse to celebrate Billy Liar – the 1963 film which was shot in the city.
And not only will there be a special screening of the acclaimed black and white movie, it is hoped extras who appeared in the film will also turn up to mark the occasion.
With presenter Andy Kershaw as host, the screening will form part of a One Show film revisiting set locations and celebrating the cinematic and historical significance of the movie.
The programme will explore how the city has changed in the past 50 years and ask if any questions raised by the film still apply.
David Wilson (right), director of Bradford Unesco City of Film, said the event underlines a resurgence of Bradford as a backdrop for film-making. He points out that recent hit TV dramas such as Peaky Blinders and DCI Banks used the city as a location.
With the wider region being hailed as ‘Yollywood’ through its reputation as the Hollywood of the UK, Mr Wilson said: “Our role is to get Bradford used for ever more locations and it is paying dividends.”
He hopes some of those who worked as extras on Billy Liar will come back to watch the film and talk about its impact.
The production company behind the film also wants to hear from people with personal stories about the making of the film and/or Bradford at that time.
Coincidentally, the Playhouse is where potential extras were sent for auditions when Billy Liar was being cast in 1962.
No date has been set for when the recording will be shown on The One Show.
Mr Wilson said: “When it does go out, it will highlight Bradford’s film heritage and we get the chance to talk about what we are doing on prime-time TV.”
- Billy Liar will be shown at 9.30am on Monday at Bradford Playhouse. Anyone who wants to be involved should contact (0117) 9102053.