After the incredible finale of Happy Valley, which has spoiled us, viewers, over the last few months, we’ve been left wanting. And, the BBC has provided with a new crime drama filmed in Yorkshire.
Better is set to hit our screens this Monday and was shot entirely in Yorkshire over last year. Another crime drama in Yorkshire we hear you say? Well, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it seems to be the BBC’s motto in this instance.
The BBC’s crime drama, Better, is set to follow DI Lou Slack, played by Leila Farzad, as she battles to seek redemption. Sound familiar? Her nemesis is Col McHugh, played by Andrew Buchan who is the head of Leeds;’ criminal underworld.
After the use of Halifax and the Calderdale region for Happy Valley, we can’t wait to see Leeds and Yorkshire as the backdrop for this new BBC crime drama Better.
Speaking about the new show Leila Farzad described her relationship with her on-screen family she described Sam Edward Cook who plays her husband Ceri and Zak Ford Williams who plays her son saying: “Sam and I had an instant banter, we shared a sense of humour, which was great and really good at building the sense of the marriage that has been going on for years.
“Zak was a delight, so open and warm and easy to connect with. We went for some ‘family meals’ in Leeds to try and build the sense of familial bonding between us.”
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Sam added: “I’m a local lad, I’m from York originally, but I know Leeds very well and I spent a lot of time here as a kid. So, it’s lovely to be up north and to be near home for a while.
“Leeds is a great city and the local crew have been brilliant. Most of us are all from up north and it’s just lovely, it’s a big family. Leeds as a city is fantastic.
“It’s a great place to work and there’s never a dull moment. I’m actually staying right in the centre of Leeds, and it is pretty wild on a weekend, it’s a thriving city.”
Cellach Spellman from Cold Feet discussed is also set to feature in the new drama and discussed his ties to Yorkshire saying: “My mum’s from Dewsbury which isn’t too far from Leeds. So, I had spent time in Leeds, I’ve got a couple of friends up there, but I hadn’t been back for a while. It was amazing to see how Leeds had changed.
“There was such a vibrancy to it, so much going on. It had these distinct, cool areas, so to spend time there was mint. Filming there was class and I just love the north in general. Being from Manchester, it’s a home away from home. It’s great to see more series being made up north.
“There are more characters being written for working class people, northern working-class people and whilst more can be done, it’s so great to have these dramas that are set in these places and set in that world.
“I just hope that we’ve done Leeds justice and that people from Leeds and Yorkshire are happy with that as well.”
The first episode of BBC crime drama Better will air on BBC One at 9pm on Monday 13th February.
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