New ITV drama shot in and around Barnsley

ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS''JERICHO'EPISODE 1''Pictured: JESSICA RAINE as Annie, AMY JAMES-KELLY as Martha, SAM BOTTOMLEY as George and HANS MATHESON as Johnny.''Photographer: Stuart Wood.''This image is the copyright of ITV and is only to be used in relation to Jericho on ITV.
ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS''JERICHO'EPISODE 1''Pictured: JESSICA RAINE as Annie, AMY JAMES-KELLY as Martha, SAM BOTTOMLEY as George and HANS MATHESON as Johnny.''Photographer: Stuart Wood.''This image is the copyright of ITV and is only to be used in relation to Jericho on ITV.
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A new ITV drama on national TV was filmed in South Yorkshire.

The British Western, Jericho, which was aired for the first time last Thursday, is an eight-part costume drama based on life in a frontier shanty town in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s.

It depicts life during the construction of the Ribblehead Viaduct, which cost hundreds of lives.

Scenes were shot in and around Barnsley, with much of the filming carried out in Wortley, where a shanty town film set was built.

Rough, rustic and remote, Jericho is a community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts, people with secrets to hide and those looking to start again.

Created and written by Steve Thompson, who has previously worked on Sherlock and Doctor Who, the drama is named after one of the teeming ramshackle settlements, consisting of two lines of huts, that housed workers during the six years it took to construct the viaduct.

It stars Clarke Peters, from The Wire and Jessica Raine, from Call the Midwife.

Barnsley Council said it was chosen as a film location for its landscapes and views across the Peak District.

Councillor Roy Miller, of Barnsley Council’s cabinet, said: “We are delighted that filming of the new Jericho series has taken place in Barnsley.

“We have assisted the production company in their choice of location and it is a great way to show how beautiful the borough is.”