Thirteen Calderdale locations that have been used in television and film

For some there’s nothing more exciting than being sat at home watching a film or TV programme and spotting your town in the heart of the action.

Monday, 21st January 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 21st January 2019, 4:35 pm
Filming locations in Calderdale
Filming locations in Calderdale

Calderdale has become a hub for film crews to use as the backdrop for a number of TV dramas and well known films. With Sally Wainwright favourites Happy Valley along with the upcoming Gentleman Jack being set and filmed in the borough, and a new series of Ackley Bridge, based in Halifax, to look forward to this year, here are just a few of the locations in Calderdale to have been featured on our screens.

Starting off with the home of Ackley Bridge College, former St Catherines Catholic High School in Holmfield is where a lot of the action takes place in the Channel 4 drama. Look out for series three which will be hitting our screens later this year.
Happy Valley was a smash hit when it first appeared on our screens and featured a lot of Calderdale locations in its two series. The former police station in Sowerby Bridge was used as the base for Catherine Cawood and saw a lot of drama during the show.
Excitement has been building for the latest Sally Wainwright drama to appear on our screens based on the life of historic Halifax woman Anne Lister, who lived in Shibden Hall. Filming for the series took place at the iconic venue last year.
Venue 73, formerly the Ritz Ballroom in Brighouse, has been an iconic building for the last eighty years and it has popped up on our TV screens from time to time including during A Touch of Frost in 2003 and in an episode of Heartbeat back in 1992.
Todmorden has welcomed film cameras to different locations in the town for decades. Most notable shows include crime series Juliet Bravo, which aired between 1981 and 1985, League of Gentleman and it has also popped up in Happy Valley.
The picturesque village of Heptonstall has played a part in TV shows and films over the years. Its been used in 2016 ITV drama Jericho, the remake of Swallows and Amazons and the Mike Leigh directed movie, Peterloo.
The White Lion in Hebden Bridge has featured in a couple of Sally Wainwright dramas over the last few years. It was used in the very first episode of Happy Valley and also appeared briefly in Last Tango in Halifax.
The iconic Piece Hall in Halifax has been visited by cameras since the major refurbishment 18 months ago but it has played a starring role before that. Used in cult film Rita, Sue and Bob Too it was also featured in Brassed Off.
Holdsworth House in Holmfield has been visited a few times by film crews over the years. An episode of series two of Ackley Bridge used the location and the venue featured heavily throughout the second series of Last Tango in Halifax.
The area around the block of flats off Tuel Lane in Sowerby Bridge featured in an episode of Ackley Bridge series two. Most notably though its where Catherine Cawood discovered the body of Lynn Dewhurst at the start of Happy Valley series two.
Halifax town centre is no stranger to the silver screen with a number of programmes and filmes featuring the area. A few include Last Tango in Halifax, Room at the Top, Red Riding and Ackely Bridge.
In the past, Last of the Summer Wine has paid a visit to Brighouse. Filming has taken place for the comedy series over the years at Cromwell Bottom, Brighouse Canal Basin and Thornton Square in the town centre.
The Acapulco Nightclub is a well known venue in Halifax and has popped up on our screens a few times. Most recently it has appeared in both series of Ackley Bridge.