Young people with ‘no acting experience’ and Yorkshire accents still wanted for Shane Meadows’ BBC drama

The search is on for young people from Yorkshire to appear in a new Shane Meadows drama series, The Gallows Pole.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 25th June 2021, 11:46 am

An casting call has gone out for boys and girls aged five to 16 of any ethnicity, with no previous acting experience required, ‘just enthusiasm and interest’.

Shaheen Baig Casting and Element Pictures say they are looking for ‘confident, brilliant young people’ to fill paid roles in the show.

Applicants should ideally be based in the following areas: Halifax, Sheffield, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge.

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Shane Meadows, pictured here with the cast of This Is England, is looking for young people to appear in his new period drama, The Gallows Pole

Anyone who is interested is asked to send an email marked ‘TGP KIDS’ to [email protected]

They should include their name and contact details, information about where they are based, and their date of birth.

They should also send a short video clip, no longer than one minute and clearly labelled with their name, telling the makers a bit about themselves or perhaps a story they wish to share.

All submissions must be from a parent/guardian and the email must state they were present when recording and consent to it being used for the purposes of casting.

The deadline for casting is July 5, and more details are available at

Shane Meadows’ previous work includes This is England and The Virtues.

The Gallows Pole is his first period drama for the BBC and is based on the novel by Benjamin Myers.

It is set in 18th century Yorkshire during the industrial revolution and follows a group of weavers and farm-workers who start counterfeiting coins in an attempt to protect their livelihood and way of life, in what would become the ‘biggest fraud in British history’.