FILMING in Keighley has helped Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office achieve a successful first year.

Netflix drama The English Game, which was filmed on location at Keighley railway station, was one of dozens of TV and film productions the office was involved with.

It handled more than 360 production enquiries, and received wide praise from key industry figures, creating an impact on the region’s production landscape since opening in November 2018.

It ended up working on 27 high-TV productions and 14 feature films shot in the county, with budgets averaging between £10 million and £20 million and generating 1,500 days of work for regional crew.

The English Game, filmed at locations that also included Bradford, Saltaire, Skipton and Sowerby Bridge, is set in the 1870s when two footballers on opposite sides of a class divide forge a bond that helps bring the upper-class gentleman’s sport to the masses.

Other productions filmed in and around Bradford district include the BBC’s Gentleman Jack, the Channel 5 remake of All Creatures Great and Small, Last Tango in Halifax, Ackley Bridge, Downton Abbey – The Movie, and Ali and Ava. Pagalpanti - Bollywood Madness was filmed in Skipton.

The Film Office is the first port of call for producers looking to film in Yorkshire and needing specialist advice and help for international, domestic and regional productions.

The office’s work spans feature film, high-end TV drama and childrens’ content, as well as factual, entertainment, comedy, corporate and advertising campaigns.

Screen Yorkshire chief executive Sally Joynson said the figures showed the substantial value of filming activity to Yorkshire.

She said: “Just do the maths and you’ll understand the scale of the business and the economic clout that comes with it. The Film Office is a critical, expert, component in driving this business to Yorkshire and in its first year alone has demonstrated just how valuable a resource it is.”

It has been nearly a decade since Yorkshire had its own dedicated Film Office.

Sally Wainwright, writer of Brontë biopic To Walk Invisible who recently made TV hit Gentleman Jack, said: “Screen Yorkshire’s talented bunch are a brilliant mix of local knowledge, passion for the job and intense creativity.”