Bridlington in BBC drama South Riding

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EAGLE-EYED viewers will have spotted some familiar scenes on prime-time television in the first episode of new BBC drama South Riding.

The three-part series, starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Penelope Wilton and David Morrisey, was partly filmed in Bridlington and is based on the award-winning book by Rudston-born author Winifred Holtby.

The first episode aired on Sunday night and pulled in 6.6million viewers.

They will have seen coastal and clifftop scenes shot in Bridlington and Sewerby last year, as well as locations in Hornsea in and Sunk Island.

Adapted by Andrew Davies, the series follows the exploits of a forward-thinking headmistress, played by Anna Maxwell Martin, as she tries to inject some ambition into her pupils and peers during a time of economic strife in 1930s rural Yorkshire.

It is based on Holtby’s classic novel, which posthumously won her the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1936 and is the first of two primetime BBC dramas set in the Bridlington area to hit our screens this year.

The second, Sugartown, starring Sue Johnston, is expected to be shown in September and scenes were recently filmed at Carnaby’s John Bull Rock as well as locations in Filey and Scarborough.

It is hoped that the appearance of the Yorkshire coast in such high profile television dramas will boost tourism this year.

Janet Reuben, chief executive of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “We are excited that another national television programme will be shining the spotlight on some of this region’s treasures after the wonderful exposure that Hull and East Yorkshire has benefited from recently.

“Our beautiful coastline and countryside have provided a fabulous backdrop to the programme, showcasing it to millions of viewers.”

The second part of South Riding will be on BBC One on Sunday at 9pm.