September 22, 2008
Yorkshire Post Backdrop for New TV Crime Drama
By Peter Dominiczak
More than 80 members of the cast and crew of Nineteen Seventy- Four turned the newspaper offices into a film set to accommodate an all-star cast including the likes of David Morrissey and Sean Bean.The three films set in West Yorkshire are being produced for Channel 4 and are based on author David Peace's acclaimed Red Riding Quartet novels set against the backdrop of the police hunt and eventual conviction of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.The three books which are being adapted Nineteen Seventy-Four, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty-Three will have three different directors at the helm, including Anand Tucker, James Marsh and, for the first instalment, Julian Jarrold, most recently responsible for the remake of Brideshead Revisited.Security staff at the Yorkshire Post were braced for a mass of lighting and film equipment being brought into the Wellington Street building.The filming is due to continue every weekend for the next month. Filming is also taking place at various locations in Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale.Hugo Heppell, head of production at Screen Yorkshire, said: "Nineteen Seventy-Four, the adaptation of David Peace's acclaimed novel, is the story of young Yorkshire Post journalist Eddie Dunford played by Andrew Garfield, last seen in Boy A."We are delighted that the production has been able to film at the Yorkshire Post offices, helping create the authenticity that will contribute to this outstanding film's success."