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VIDEO: Behind the scenes of new Channel 4 drama filmed in Harrogate

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of new Channel 4 drama filmed in Harrogate

Published at 7:40am 20th September 2016. (Updated at 2:44pm 20th September 2016)

Properties in Harrogate will feature during key scenes of a new drama which starts on Channel 4 tonight.

National Treasure, which stars Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, is loosely based on the events surrounding Operation Yewtree.

It tells the fictional story of a celebrity who is confronted with allegations from his past.

Filming took place around Harrogate's Fulwith Mill Lane area back in February.

Stray FM's very own Rebecca Considine and her family (pictured with members of the cast) saw their home taken over by film crews, actors and producers.

She said: "It was quite challenging to see our whole house turned into a working film set for four weeks.

"The film crew consisted of up to 50 people and the filming went on till midnight most nights, so it was full on, but now it's over we can't wait to see the finished results."

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An ordinary front room turned into a film set

Writer Jack Thorne's four-part drama was commissioned by Channel 4, with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund.

The series sees BAFTA winner Robbie Coltrane playing Paul Finchley, one half of a much-loved comedy double act, described as "a cherished household name with a career that spans several decades".

But, in the face of accusations of historic sexual offences from the 1990s, his life begins to unravel.

George Faber, co-executive producer, said: "It's the quality of Jack Thorne's script that's attracted such a stellar cast.

"Our drama tackles the complex relationship between celebrity, sex and power, and it needed Britain's finest acting talent to do it justice."

It's understood that the Harrogate scenes were filmed inside the fictional house of the characters played by Coltrane and Walters.

The Channel 4 trailer:


The series is described as "a timely exploration of truth, memory, trust and family".

Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, said: "Jack has created three incredibly nuanced characters in Paul, Marie and Dee, and I can't envision anyone better to tackle this challenging and fascinating piece than Robbie, Julie and Andrea.

"We're delighted to have such universally respected and distinguished talent on board for this project and I can't wait to see them bring to life this timely and perceptive drama."

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Watching filming take place

National Treasure will be shown on Channel 4 at 9pm.