BRADFORD has provided the backdrop for countless TV shows over the years, from period dramas, soaps to classic comedy.

Here is a look back at just some of the shows to be filmed in the Bradford district.

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James Herriot himself could be spotted on the streets of Little Germany last week as filming for the second series of the Channel 5 drama took place.

A bus and a car, to be used in the series set in the late 1930s onwards, were spotted as Little Germany was converted into Glasgow for the scenes.

The six-part series will also be filmed on location in the Yorkshire Dales this year.

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One example of the popular ITV soap filming in Bradford saw City Hall used as the site for the courtroom for Tracy Barlow's murder trial in the soap in March 2007.

Two alternative scenarios were filmed in case the verdict is leaked. In one, Tracy - played by Kate Ford - is convicted of partner Charlie Stubb's murder and jailed for life.

In the other she is found not guilty but has to flee Weatherfield after her mother Deirdre announces the truth - she murdered the builder in cold blood after misleading the rest of the street into thinking he was abusing her.

In the end, Tracy was jailed for 15 years. But she was released from prison in December 2010 after forensic evidence used at her trial was discredited.


Damon and Debbie was a three-part spin-off from the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside first broadcast in November 1987.

The series followed teen sweethearts Damon Grant and Debbie McGrath as they absconded to York to escape their disapproving parents in Liverpool who objected to the relationship because of the class divide. It ended with the death of Damon, who had been a regular character in Brookside since its launch in 1982.

In the second episode, the couple move to Bradford, where Damon works as a groundsman at Valley Parade. In Bradford, they stay with friends.

They also go to the city's then named National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

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A building that had been used as an antiques shop and a butchers in the past at the junction of Toller Lane and Cross Road was the location for a sketch by a legendary comedy group.

It was seen in The Ant, An Introduction episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, at the end of the Llamas sketch, which was recorded on December 7, 1969.

The scene starts with a shot of the shop - called Ada's Snack Bar - before the camera pans around the building to Cross Road where one of the show's stars, John Cleese, is sitting behind a desk. Cleese then introduces the next scene in the episode.

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Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack, a BBC drama about Halifax landowner Anne Lister, shot some of its scenes in Little Germany.

Actors including Suranne Jones were spotted in Cater Street in 2018, and nearby properties are being used by cast and crew.

Filming for the forthcoming series took place on the top of Haworth Moor's Penistone Country Park last month.

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Bradford substituted for Birmingham in the fifth series of the popular BBC One drama last year.

City Hall was used as the House of Commons in this series, and also for a scene between Tommy Shelby and British Fascist leader Oswald Mosley, played by Hunger Games actor Sam Clafin, in the Lord Mayor’s office.

Peaky Blinders has been partly filmed in Bradford since the first series in 2013. Locations include the Midland Hotel, Undercliffe Cemetery, Little Germany and Lidget Green.

City Hall’s old cells have appeared in previous series too.