Lights camera action for Sheffield

Programme Name: Prisoners' Wives - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Embargoed for publication until: 24/01/2012 - Picture Shows:  Francesca (POLLY WALKER) - (C) BBC/Tiger Aspect - Photographer: Phil Fisk
Programme Name: Prisoners' Wives - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Embargoed for publication until: 24/01/2012 - Picture Shows: Francesca (POLLY WALKER) - (C) BBC/Tiger Aspect - Photographer: Phil Fisk
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Television crews have been out and about across Sheffield filming scenes for the second series of BBC hit drama Prisoners’ Wives.

The show is set in the city and tells the different stories of a group of women whose partners and husbands are serving time behind bars.

Pictured is filming of a new series of the BBC Drama 'Prisoners Wifes' being filmed on the Littledale estate,Darnall

Pictured is filming of a new series of the BBC Drama 'Prisoners Wifes' being filmed on the Littledale estate,Darnall

Among the locations the crew have been filming in are School Road, Greenhill, playing fields near Mather Road, Darnall, Firth Park, Sheffield Crown Court car park, the Masonic Lodge at Tapton, the city centre and Parkers Road, Broomhill.

Executive producer Rebecca de Souza told The Star why the city was chosen as the location for the show.

She said: “Sheffield with its seven hills provides a stunning backdrop to the varied stories we have to tell.

“We also knew Sheffield has great people to work with living in and around the city. What could be better - a fabulous setting and great crew?

“Although a city, Sheffield retains its own sense of community and identity and this also helped inform our decision to work here.

“We have been filming for three weeks already and will continue until just before Christmas.”

Location manager Richard Knight, who is from Sheffield, said viewers should look out for a host of city landmarks in the next series, including Millennium Square and Centertainment.

He added: “We’re also aiming to include a range of cinematic views of the city.”

The first series, which was six episodes long, was screened in January and attracted an average audience of 5.5million viewers.

The second series, which will be screened next year, is in four parts with each being an hour long.

Among the characters set to appear in the second series are Polly Walker as Francesca and her husband Paul, played by Iain Glen.

Also back are Pippa Haywood who plays Harriet, a respectable middle-aged woman whose son, played by Adam Gillen is in jail for cannabis use.

Rebecca added: “Viewers will find out how life has been playing out for Francesca and Harriet. They will also meet two new women, both of whom have intriguing stories of their own, making this new series even more gripping than the first.

“There is also a raft of new characters all with highly dramatic and compelling storylines.” Also making an appearance is The Star.

Rebecca said: “Yes, one of The Star’s billboards is featured outside Levick’s Grocers and Butchers on Nodder Road. The Star featured last year too.”

She added: “We are always so delighted by the warm response we get from the people of Sheffield. Really – they couldn’t be more helpful and welcoming.

“Last year nobody knew what Prisoners’ Wives was about. We are delighted to be learning that we have a lot of fans in this fabulous city we have made our home.”

Last series scenes were filmed outside the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Castle Market and the Washington Road flats in Sharrow among other locations.