Keighley has hosted filming for a major six-part television drama due to be screened by the BBC next year.

Three Keighley groups and a regional heritage railway organisation spent two days ensuring the producers of Peaky Blinders could get authentic-looking and atmospheric footage.

The production has been billed as an epic gangster saga set in the lawless slum neighbourhoods of post First World War Birmingham. The cast includes established stars such as Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill.

Filming locally has already taken place at Dalton Mills and, last Wednesday, on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway between Keighley and Damems stations.

Drama makers were also helped by the Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel, which is owned by the Vintage Carriages Trust; Ingrow Loco Museum, which is owned by Bahamas Locomotive Society, and the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust.

The groups provided five vintage railway carriages and a steam locomotive for the shoot.

Paul Holroyd, filming liaison officer for the Vintage Carriages Trust, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this high-quality period drama.

“The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is an ideal location for producers, packing six stations, two tunnels, two level crossings and several bridges into just under five miles.”

Mr Holroyd added: “Filming the 12 scenes was very complex.

“We are used to sequences being filmed simultaneously by two – or sometimes three – cameras. As well as filming scenes simultaneously with two cameras, the Peaky Blinders filming involved ‘double banking’, where two completely different scenes, featuring different actors, were filmed simultaneously about 100 feet apart.

“A total of 140 people were involved at the filming location and the unit base. There was also a great deal of preparatory work.

“Having watched the camera monitors during filming, I’m confident Peaky Blinders will be gripping must-watch drama.”