Scarborough in focus at it continues to draw in film crews

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THERE have been almost 70 requests from film and TV companies to film in the Scarborough area over the past year, it has been revealed.

And Cllr David Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for tourism, will also tell fellow councillors that 75 per cent of the 67 requests later went on to film in the area when he presents his annual report on Monday.

A total of 12 of the requests were from the BBC including a recent episode of the Antiques Roadshow at the Spa, which is due to be broadcast in the autumn, Coast, Town with Nicholas Crane and Sugartown which was filmed in Filey.

Cllr Jeffels said it had been a record-breaking year for filming requests and it was a good opportunity for Scarborough. He said: “What you find is that once one company has been into the area Scarborough is flagged up to others.

“The Yorkshire Coast as a whole is highlighted as an ideal place for filming – with the natural beauty of the area – and both the county and borough councils go out of their way to provide road closures and facilities for these companies.

“It’s in our interest because it’s fantastic free publicity that we can’t buy. Our area is always shown off in a good light.”

He added that Scarborough as a location went back to the 1970s with the TV series Rosie – about a rookie police officer, PC Penrose, played by Paul Greenwood. He said: “They used my own daughter, they wanted a three-month-old baby and she just fitted in. Other than London we are probably the most filmed place in the UK.”

Cllr Jeffels said that the recent filming of the Antiques Roadshow went well and there had been some good feedback from the production team. He added: “They praised the staff at the Spa because they went the extra mile. A number of the BBC staff are going to come back for a group holiday.”

Other productions filmed in the area have included:

l a German TV production – The Other Child – which used various locations in the area including Aquarium Top

l a BBC documentary about Sir Alan Ayckbourn for the Imagine series

l the late Sir Jimmy Savile filmed a TV advert to promote the golden age of the train which featured the Scarborough Spa Express

l high-profile productions such as Little Voice, Heartbeat and The Royal.