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New version of Room at the Top films in Leeds
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 television adaptation of John Braine's book Room at the Top starts shooting in Leeds during November.

The four week shoot will also use locations across Bradford and Halifax.

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, it 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 protagonist Joe Lampton 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 will never be the same again….

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

Screen Yorkshire, based in Leeds, provides practical support including location finding for the filming.

Chris Hordley, of 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.

'Seductive combination'

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A Passionate Woman is, initially, set in Leeds during the 1950s

"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."

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

Recent Leeds productions include A Passionate Woman (BBC), the second series of Five Days (BBC) and Married, Single, Other (ITV) on our TV sets.

Earlier hits, The Red Riding Trilogy (Channel 4) and The Damned United film, were also shot and set in the city.

And other classic British works like Billy Liar and This Sporting Life were firmly rooted in West Yorkshire.




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