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West Yorkshire stars in new version of Room at the Top
interviewer Brian Redhead, John Braine, Keith Waterhouse and David Storey
Northern writers on Points North, L to R (facing camera) interviewer Brian Redhead, John Braine, Keith Waterhouse and David Storey

A new adaptation of the film classic Room at the Top is about to be shot at locations around West Yorkshire.

The four week shoot will also use locations in Leeds

Set after World War II in Yorkshire it tells the story of Joe Lampton, a young man on the make.

The drama will be seen during 2011 on BBC Four and is the first screen version since the Oscar-winning film of 1959 which used locations including Bradford, Bingley and Keighley.

Room at the Top was a hit book when published in 1957 and turned its main protagonist, Joe, into an instantly recognised character of post-war Britain.

Smart town

All seems to be going to plan for Joe. He has a new job in a smart town and his looks and energy have attracted the daughter of a rich local businessman.

But then he meets another woman and she sweeps him off his feet. Their lives are never the same again.

The two-part TV adaptation is by Amanda Coe and filmed by Great Meadow Productions.

Leeds-based Screen Yorkshire has provided practical support for the production, including location finding for the filming

'Seductive combination'

Chris Hordley from Screen Yorkshire said: "We are very excited to be working to bring this iconic literary classic, which has its roots firmly steeped in the region, to the screen.

"This year we've seen an increasing number of producers recognise the seductive combination of diverse locations and experienced crew that Yorkshire has to offer."

West Yorkshire backdrops have recently featured heavily on both our TV and cinema screens.

Classic films

Recent productions filmed around West Yorkshire include The Secret Diary of Miss Anne Lister, which was partly shot at Oakwell Hall in Birstall and Shibden Hall in Halifax; Wuthering Heights - which again featured Oakwell Hall; and David Peace's Red Riding Trilogy, which was shot in many locations across the county.

Scene from The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister:
The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister: Partly filmed in Halifax and Birstall

Other classic British films like Billy Liar and This Sporting Life were, of course, also firmly rooted in West Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, the city of Bradford was recently chosen to become the world's first-ever city of film.

The accolade was awarded by Unesco, the arm of the United Nations which promotes culture.

The city was recognised for movies made in the city and its museum dedicated to film.

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