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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:56am 10th December 2014.

A recent bonanza of high profile TV and film activity on the Yorkshire coast looks set to boost tourism in the region, say tourism chiefs.


The area has seen unprecedented levels of filming over the past year, from gardening and motoring programmes through TV dramas to movies with internationally known stars.


Earlier this month, Film London, the strategic agency for film and media in the capital, published a report, Quantifying Location Placement Value (, which found that there is a direct correlation between filming and tourism in an area.


"This research shows that productions don't just sell cinema tickets and box sets, they also sell the places where they're made," said Film London CEO Adrian Wootton, adding that ‘the results show productions get people talking about the destinations and locations they feature’.


"Quite simply, this is free advertising," he said.


The big-screen version of Dad’s Army starring Toby Jones, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Mark Gatiss, and the original Private Pike, Ian Lavender, in a cameo role, is currently filming in the Scarborough and Bridlington areas. Scarborough has hosted the production office and construction art department at Scarborough College, and the cast and crew are staying in hotels and apartments in the town.


Also due out in cinemas next year is the feature film Hunter’s Prayer, helmed by Terminator 3 director Jonathan Mostow and starring Australian actor Sam Worthington, star of Avatar and the acclaimed thriller Man on a Ledge. The coastal scenes were filmed in Scarborough and near Flamborough.


Meanwhile, on the small screen, the eerie Remember Me, which marks Michael Palin’s return to acting after more than 20 years, was partly filmed in Scarborough earlier this year – and the song Scarborough Fair is a recurring motif throughout the story. Michael Palin recently described the town as ‘an absolute revelation… [an] amazingly beautiful place’. Remember Me is currently airing on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday evenings.


Also currently on air is the second series of CBBC series All at Sea, in which a London family relocate to Scarborough to run a B&B (Fridays, 5.30pm).


Filming is taking place in Scarborough at the moment for the third series of the Kay Mellor drama The Syndicate, which looks at the changed lives of lottery winners. Anthony Andrews (Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited) plays Lord Hazelwood, owner of the fictional Hazelwood Manor, near Scarborough, with Lenny Henry as his gardener, Godfrey. The Syndicate 3 is due to be aired on BBC One next year.


Further up the coast, Uncle Jack (Bernard Cribbins) and his faithful dog Salty returned to Staithes in September to film a new series of CBeebies favourite Old Jack’s Boat. 


And the filming bonanza isn’t restricted to fiction – a whole host of factual programmes have featured the area recently.


Two programmes broadcast on Sunday 24 November showed off the region – in the hugely popular BBC Two magazine programme Coast, Barnsley poet Ian McMillan told the dramatic story of the Rohilla, the World War I hospital ship wrecked off Whitby in 1914, the rescue of which changed lifeboat services in this country forever.


Coast was followed immediately by Glorious Gardens from the Air, in which presenter Christine Walkden looked extensively at the spectacular Piet Oudolf-designed walled gardens of Scampston Hall, near Malton, describing them as ‘amongst the most talked-about in Europe’.


On Tuesday 25 November, Scarborough Museums Trust featured on the BBC’s flagship magazine programme, The One Show, when presenter Gyles Brandreth visited the Scarborough Collections to look at items from the tunny fishing boom of the 1930s.


And on Thursday 27 November, Homes by the Sea (More4) featured Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. Former cricketer Freddie Flintoff also filmed in Whitby this summer for an episode of his Sky 1 series Flintoff: Lord of the Fries, in which he tours the country in a lime green fish-and-chip van, due to be aired in January.


Top Gear filmed a segment in Whitby for the next series, due to start in January next year. 


Councillor David Chance Scarborough Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Culture, said:  said: “We’re experiencing a huge amount of interest in the area as a location for filming of all types. It will all show off, both nationally and internationally, the fabulous land- and seascapes of the area.”


Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Films and TV programmes being made around here provide a huge economic boost to the area, not just through the positive publicity that results, but also through the crews and actors staying here. We’re delighted that our beautiful region is being recognised so much at the moment.”




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