FILM crews are to descend on Saltaire once again today to shoot scenes for a major new Netflix drama.

The English Game, a period drama about the origins of football, is written by Julian Fellowes, creator of hit TV drama Downton Abbey. Filming has already taken place in Bradford's historic Little Germany earlier this month, where horses and carriages and actors in Victorian costume were spotted on Cater Street.

The World Heritage Site of Saltaire is often used as a television and film backdrop, most recently in the BBC's adaptation of The ABC Murders in which Hollywood star John Malkovich played the iconic Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

A letter by film-makers Nutmeg (42) Ltd sent to residents in the Titus Street and Victoria Road areas of the village says filming will take place in a house on Titus Street today between 10am and 11pm. Bradford Council has allowed filmmakers to restrict the flow of traffic directly in front of the property (50 Titus Street) and people are being asked to not park in certain areas until Saturday morning.

It says: "Whilst all the filming will take place inside the property, we will be looking out the window as mill workers walk down the street holding lit torches."

The letter adds: "We are thrilled of the opportunity to feature Saltaire in our period drama, and truly grateful to all the town's residents and businesses for the help they have offered so far."

An earlier letter to residents and businesses in Little Germany revealed more details about the production. It said: "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."

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."

Last December, the Telegraph & Argus revealed Bradford Council had earned almost £100,000 in the past four years through hiring its buildings to film and television crews. City Hall has featured in The ABC Murders, Peaky Blinders, Emmerdale and Victoria. Actress Keira Knightley was also spotted there while filming scenes for political drama Official Secrets, due to be released later this year.