Netflix. It’s a modern phenomenon that has changed the entertainment industry and how we spend our downtime.
But what influence has our wee county had on the world of Netflix? You might be surprised. These shows (and one classic movie) just wouldn’t be the same without our considerable Yorkie influence:
The BBC crime drama was an enormous hit throughout its first two series.
Starring the irrepressible Sarah Lancashire as Sgt Catherine Cawood (whisper it queitly – she’s Lancastrian!), it’s a gripping, gritty thriller set and filmed in and around Hebden Bridge. It’s a recent success, too, meaning you’re not too far behind the curve on this one.
Before Yorkshire’s prodigal son started crowing on about the fact that winter was coming, he was best known as hunky soldier Sharpe: a war hero from the early 1800s who took on the world single-handedly and pretty much sent them packing each and every time.
Still brilliant all these years on.
Not one of the better known inclusions on this particular list, Residue is an intense and dark independent mini series penned and put together by the Screen Yorkshire production team for Netflix.
The conspiracy thriller, which is set in London but filmed in Leeds, stars Game of Thrones almuni Natalia Tena and Iwan Rheon. Keep your eyes peeled for Leeds landmarks such as Mojo’s, Kirkgate Market, Call Lane and the Queens Hotel.
Very much a ‘watercooler’ programme on its initial broadcast, this became part of the national conversation throughout its run in 2013.
The reality show follows the every day goings on at a secondary school in Dewsbury, focusing heavily on the human struggles of growing up. There’s laughter, tears and the odd dose of inspiration.
The Full Monty
Very much a modern icon of our cinematic cultural history, Peter Cattaneo’s Oscar-nominated film is surely the go-to Yorkshire feature flick.
Forget the ever-so-slightly questionable Robert Carlyle accent: it tells the hilarious yet poignant story of a group of laid-off Sheffield steel workers in their struggle to regain confidence and employment. Via the art of stripping.
A cult comedy starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan as slightly distorted version of themselves, The Trip found international acclaim when it hit BBC Two in 2010.
Series one sees the bickering, impression-loving comics travelling throughout the north to review some of the country’s finest restaurants – two of which are happily situated in our fine county, and show off a fair helping of our beautiful surroundings.
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