Makers of top BBC drama back filming in York next week

21 Feb 2021 @ 5.52 pm
| Entertainment

A TV drama will be filmed in York next week.

Although it has not been confirmed, it is likely to be the return of the actors and crew from hit BBC drama Gentleman Jack.

The makers of the series, Lookout Point, will be taking over two streets behind the Minster on Thursday (25 February).

Both Chapterhouse Street and Ogleforth will be closed from 7am to 8pm.

A letter sent to residents states: “The reason for the closure is to allow the filming of scenes for a nineteenth century period drama production.

“The action will take place around the entrance to Gray’s Court and on the corner of Ogleforth and Chapterhouse Street.

“A camera on a crane arm will be positioned on the corner.”

Covid safe production

Suranne Jones filming in York last November. Photograph: Jtu_photography

Later scenes will be filmed in the courtyard of the Gray’s Court hotel.

While cars won’t be allowed through, pedestrian access will remain – “but marshals may politely as passers-by to wait for a minute or two whilst the cameras roll”.

Lookout Point say that Covid-19 safeguarding protocols will be in place, including teams working in bubbles, social distancing and mask wearing.

Lookout Point specialises in historical dramas. Its other productions include A Suitable Boy and Les Misérables. It has worked with Gentleman Jack writer Sally Wainwright on two other Yorkshire series, To Walk Invisible, the story of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, and the contemporary drama Last Tango In Halifax.

In Gentleman Jack, Suranne Jones stars as the pioneering businesswoman Anne Lister who, flouting Victorian convention, is determined to marry a woman.

Scenes have previously been filmed for the series on College Green, in front of Treasurer’s House at at Fairfax House.