Vote for the best of Yorkshire’s television

The year 1968 was when Yorkshire’s television industry truly took off. Broadcasts began from the new Leeds studios of Yorkshire Television, and regional news programmes Calendar and BBC Look North hit the airwaves for the first time.

Before this point, fifty years ago, viewers in much of Yorkshire received their regional programming from either Manchester or Newcastle. There had been some programmes made in the county before then, but they were few and far between.

The arrival of YTV and Europe’s most advanced television studios at Kirkstall Road sparked an explosion of television production in Yorkshire.

Some of Britain’s best dramas, comedies, documentaries and game shows were made in Yorkshire during the boom years between the 1960s and ’90s. The merger of most local ITV operations in 2004 sounded the death knell for much regional television; however, thanks in no small part to the work of screenwriters such as Sally Wainwright and Kay Mellor, and the efforts of agencies like Screen Yorkshire, the region’s television output remains in rude health.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of television in Yorkshire, Dalesman magazine is asking you to choose your favourite Tyke TV – shows that were either set in the historic county of Yorkshire or made here.

We would like you to select your top ten Yorkshire programmes of all time. You can place your votes at www.dalesman.co.uk/tv

To help, we’ve produced a list of more than 200 Yorkshire programmes made from the 1950s to the present day – from the BBC One play The Shining Hour (1951) to the ITV drama series Girlfriends (2018), there are plenty of amazing shows to choose from.

It’s far from an exhaustive list, so if your favourite is missing, you can still vote for it. 

This summer, we’ll reveal the results of the poll – the top 50 Yorkshire TV programmes will be printed in a special edition of Dalesman.

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