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Coronation Street stars head for Bradford City Hall
Ben Price
Ben Price says filming in Bradford is 'a fantastic experience'

Bradford will once again be in focus on primetime TV as the landmark City Hall becomes the real star of one of Britain's best-loved soaps.

Producers of Coronation Street have been using the venue for a key storyline.

Ossett-born actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail MacIntyre, will take the stand in the historic building's Victorian court rooms.

In the plot she faces murder charges following the death of her husband Joe.

In a strange coincidence Gail's on-screen son David Platt is also played by Pudsey actor Jack P Shepherd.

The soap's location manager Ken Mair was so impressed with the court room that they chose it to film the dramatic scenes.

Bradford City Hall
Bradford's City Hall will once again grace our screens

The court was last used for dispensing justice in the mid-1970s.

Also filming in Bradford is actor Ben Price, who plays Nick Tilsley who is cast as Gail's son.

Ben says filming in Bradford is a surreal experience for many people, and says being recognised is part of the job.

He says: "We're here in Bradford to witness the trial of my mum. This has been unfolding for quite a long time and is a dramatic storyline."

Ben is quite coy about giving anything away but says the cast work extremely well together.

He says: "It's been fantastic and it's also been daunting, I've been doing it for six months now. You realise how big the show is once you're in it.

Helen Worth
Actress Helen Worth has been filming in Bradford

"Filming has been very easy, very nice. My on-screen family have been great. They're very protective. I've been very lucky I've had great stories, which makes me feel very much a part of it.

"It's different from any other show. It's been on our screens for fifty years. It's iconic."

It's not the first time actors have graced the civic entrance and used City Hall for the soap. In 2007 the character, Tracy Barlow's trial, was also filmed there.

Ben explains: "It certainly helps being here, because its seems so real. As it develops it seems more and more real. So it's fantastic to be in a place like this."

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