A MAJOR new Netflix drama is being filmed in Bradford today.

The English Game, a period drama about the origins of football, is written by Julian Fellowes, creator of hit TV drama Downton Abbey.

Filming is taking place in Little Germany, where horses and carriages and actors in Victorian costume have been spotted shooting scenes on Cater Street.

A letter by film-makers 42 Productions sent to businesses and residents in Little Germany says filming will take place on the junction of Cater Street and Burnett Street, with access restricted along both streets until 8pm. Bradford Council has granted parking suspensions in areas of Little Germany.

The letter states: "Written by Julian Fellowes, The English Game is a dramatic adaptation of a true story set in 1879, and centres on a young Glaswegian football plater who moves to Darwen in order to play for the local team, amidst challenging industrial unrest."

It continues: "The production is being undertaken with full support from Bradford City of Film"..."We are all truly thrilled to feature such an architecturally stunning location in our production, and hope you enjoy the series when aired later this year."

Rebecca Harris, who lives in Little Germany, said: "I saw them setting up the street scene this morning. It looks fabulous. The fact that it's Netflix means it's going to be a big drama. Can't wait to see it!"

Little Germany was also the location for scenes for the much-anticipated Downton Abbey movie, due for release this summer. Filming took place in the historic quarter of Bradford late last year.

Bradford UNESCO City of Film director David Wilson said: "The Bradford Film Office is currently dealing with a number production enquiries and many of these are repeat requests from productions who have used locations in the past.

"We continue to work with a wide range of partners to ensure that Bradford maintains its reputation as a film friendly city and district. Most people I meet are very supportive of filming in Bradford and the sense of civic pride it brings."