News Release - Issued by Screen Yorkshire
Screen Yorkshire today reveals that ITV’s Victoria, a major new drama series from award winning Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Black Work), will be the first tenant to take up residency at The Yorkshire Studios, with filming for the seven month shoot set to commence at the recently launched film & TV facility this month.
The ambitious 8-part drama starring Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18, through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was our longest serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II on 09 September this year.
Screen Yorkshire announced the major new film & TV space in Church Fenton between Leeds & York in June, after securing an exclusive deal with the property’s owner Makin Enterprises. Since then the content financier has been working behind the scenes to re-purpose the site for film and TV use. Comprising three aircraft hangars (each over 30,000 sq ft and 36 ft to beams, office space, garages, workshops, extensive parking, roadways and runways, the site is ideal for large scale productions such as Victoria.
Screen Yorkshire Chief Executive Sally Joynson says: ‘’After months of hard work, we’re thrilled to open the doors of The Yorkshire Studios to Mammoth Screen for this landmark ITV drama. As long term collaborators on some of Screen Yorkshire’s most successful TV productions, we couldn’t have hoped for a better partner with whom to embark on this exciting new journey. Featuring an outstanding cast and creative team, ‘Victoria’ already has all the hallmarks of great British TV at its very best.’’
Mammoth Screen's Managing Director Damien Timmer commented '’The Yorkshire Studios give us all the space we need for our massively ambitious studio build, are a stone’s throw from Leeds and close to the many fantastic locations which we’ll need to capture the grandeur and opulence that the series demands.'’
With additional support from the British Film Council and Creative England, Screen Yorkshire is working to bring the next major production to The Yorkshire Studios. The remaining available space includes two expansive hangars and over 400 acres of backlot. Easily accessible from Leeds and York, two hours by rail from London and with a commercial aviation licence for even faster access, The Yorkshire Studios is capable of meeting the needs of high end film and television production.
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