One of the City of Culture judges has described what it will take for Bradford to be crowned champion. 

Sir Phil Redmond CBE is among 10 expert judges touring round the district's cultural gems on Tuesday.

From seeing Hockney's largest painting at Salts Mill to behind the scenes access at Bradford Live, the tour marks Bradford's final opportunity to leave a lasting, positive impression.

The Hollyoaks and Brookside creator has explored the National Science and Media Museum, Hindu Cultural Society, Bradford Central Mosque and Salts Mill so far.

It was a chance to reunite with Bradford, having hosted several workshops with creatives in the area following the success of hit soap, Brookside.

"It's been pretty good, pretty lovely," Sir Phil told the Telegraph & Argus.

"It's really been enjoyable.

"I think the purpose of this visit is to get a sense of the place and people who not only put the bid together but who are supporting it. It's been great seeing the vitality and vibrancy within the people.

"I opted to go to the mosque, I wanted to see the mosque and Hindu Centre. They told me about Leeds Road and the faith walk for all the different faiths, finishing off at the cathedral. 

"Having read the bid I read a lot about the city. I have been here quite a bit in the past. I've seen the changes in the city so that's good. I've been shown the old and shown the plans for the future."

How to win City of Culture 2025

The Grange Hill writer revealed exactly what judges will be looking for as they explore each of the City of Culture competition finalists. 

Sir Phil said: "It comes down to two things really, apart from a very strong, artistic cultural programme. The two things we come back to is the authentic voice and feel of the place. Is this really about the people by the people, not just a bunch of consultants?

"The other thing is, are these the people that will actually be able to deliver this? This is a big process and part of our responsibility to the Government is to make sure this is the right place."

The purpose of the expert advisory panel is to assess each of the shortlisted areas for UK City of Culture 2025, analyse their bids and provide independent expertise and objective advice to the DCMS Secretary of State, Nadine Dorries.

The panel features people with a wide range of experience. 

Bradford is among four shortlisted areas vying for the prestigious title, going up against County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham county borough.

The visit comes just one day after the panel discovered what County Durham has to offer.