A SERIES of heritage walks to film and TV locations in Bradford are taking place for the city's Widescreen Weekend.

The Bradford City of Film walks follow the footsteps of stars such as Dame Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and John Malkovich and take visitors on a journey through film from the Lumiere Brothers' roadshow in the late 1800s to global hit drama Peaky Blinders.

A walk yesterday, and another today, quickly sold out, and now the City of Film team is planning further heritage location walks, with new interactive elements.

Bradford City of Film director David Wilson, who leads the walks, said: "We're hoping to do more walks in the coming year and use technology to make them interactive, allowing participants to access location images on mobile phones to see some of the behind-the-scenes activity."

He added: "Widescreen Weekend attracts visitors from all over the world and it's a great opportunity to showcase some of the many and varied film and television productions which have been made in the city over the past 100 years. All the information about film and TV locations can be found on our free app - bradfordfilmheritage.com - but the walking tour really brings some of the stories behind these productions to life.

"We start outside the National Science and Media Museum because it's a significant spot in the history of Bradford's relationship with film. Prior to being a museum it was the site of the Palace Theatre, where the Lumiere Brothers brought their travelling roadshow in the last 1800s - their first stop outside London.

"We then mention many films made in Bradford over the years, including Room at the Top, Billy Liar and everything else in between, before coming right up to date with a tour of City Hall locations used in Peaky Blinders, Victoria, The ABC Murders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Official Secrets and more recently The Duke starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. The tour also includes the Victorian prison cells and courtroom before winding across the city to the Midland Hotel which played host to Bollywood legend Akshay Kumar in the film Gold in 2017.

"We also recommend that people spend time exploring streets in Little Germany to see where Gentleman Jack, All Creatures Great and Small, Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders have also filmed in recent years.

"The tours have been really popular, people are genuinely interested in the number of productions which have been filmed here over the years and the number of stunning locations which Bradford has to offer."