Six films with Yorkshire at their heart

Amanda Owen’s book The Yorkshire Shepherdess could be on its way to the big screen after Warner Brothers bought the film rights, making a star of the Swaledale hills.

The original poster from the 1975 All Creatures Great and Small film.

Read about Amanda’s road to Hollywood here.

Here we take a look at the books by Yorkshire authors that found their way to the screen big or small, and the films where the Yorkshire landscape takes top billing:

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All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot’s semi-autobiographical stories about life as a vet in Thirsk have been adapted for both film and television.

The Railway Children starring Peter (Gary Warren), Bobbie (Jenny Agutter) and Phyliss (Sally Thomsett).

The Railway Children - E Nesbit’s story of a family forced to move to the Yorkshire Dales was made into the 1970 film starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins, and was later adapted into a theatre production.

Kes - Ken Loach’s 1969 film was based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave, written by Barnsley author Barry Hines.

Brassed Off - The 1996 film starring Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite was based on Grimethorpe’s struggle against pit closure.

Calendar Girls - The story of Rylstone & District Women’s Institute’s ‘Alternative WI Calendar’ was a big hit in 2003, starring just about every British actress of a certain age you can name.

Kes was based on the book by Barnsley author Barry Hines

The Full Monty - the Sheffield skyline was as much a star of the 1997 comedy as Robert Carlyle, who leads an unlikely bunch of former steelworkers onto the stage.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too - The adaptation of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar’s autobiographical dramas brough West Yorkshire to the big screen in 1987.

Brassed off was based on Grimethorpe Collliery Band
Helen Mirren was among the many stars of Calendar Girls.
Sheffield provided the backdrop to The Full Monty
Rita, Sue and Bob Too was based on Bradford a playwright autobiographical dramas