Need a fresh dose of Yorkshire while we wait for the wintery weather to pass? Sorted. From the stunning landscapes of Yorkshire to period dramas taking us right back to a whole new era of God’s Own Country, here’s our guide to the best Yorkshire TV shows you can stream right now.
1. Our Yorkshire Farm
The reigning supreme of all Yorkshire TV shows, Our Yorkshire Farm offers a rare insight into what it takes to run a farm in our region – from the ups to the downs and everything in between.
Showcasing beloved Amanda Owen and husband Clive, alongside their 9-strong brood, the heartwarming show has captured the hearts of the nation over the past few years, and if you’ve not watched it yet, it’s time. Stream it on My5.
2. This Week On The Farm
South Yorkshire-based Cannon Hall Farm lifts the veil for This Week On The Farm, which, similarly to Our Yorkshire Farm followers farmers Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson as they document what life is like in rural Barnsley. Stream it on My5.
3. The Yorkshire Vet
The Yorkshire Vet is quite the guilty pleasure, gorey moments and all. Following Peter and Julian, alongside other team members at Skeldale, the show takes a peek behind the curtain at some of the many cases the vets work on, from domestic animals to large farm animals. It’s surprisingly heartwarming! Stream it on My5.
4. Happy Valley
After two successful series, West Yorkshire-based Happy Valley shows no signs of slowing down just yet. Starring Sarah Lancashire, the series follows Sergeant Catherine Cawood as she works to lead her team in Halifax while battling the trauma of her daughter’s suicide. Catch up on BBC iPlayer.
5. Gentleman Jack
Suranne Jones stars as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack, a period drama about the legendary Yorkshirewoman.
Set at (and filmed at) Shibden Hall, Halifax, the drama is based on the coded tales told in the letters that real-life Anne Lister left behind, detailing her life in business and illegal affairs with other women. It’s received critical acclaim, so it’s definitely one to watch. Stream it on BBC iPlayer.
6. All Creatures Great and Small
All Creatures Great and Small was an instant hit upon its remake two years ago, and it’s still going strong today.
Telling the heartwarming tale of James Herriot and his life as a vet at Skeldale House, the drama is as heartwarming as they come, and a fantastic nod to the original for those who loved the show back in the 70s. Catch up on My5.
A show that really needs no introductions: Emmerdale. Set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales, Emmerdale is one of the UK’s flagship soaps, with plenty of drama all. of. the. time. Watch it on ITV Hub.
8. Ackley Bridge
A comedy-drama set in West Yorkshire, Ackley Bridge follows an academy school which begins to merge both the white and Asian communities for the first time.
Acclaimed for its representation of culture-related issues in the UK, Ackley Bridge is now four series deep, giving plenty of content to catch up on if you haven’t seen it already. Catch up on All 4.
9. Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine long lives as an absolute classic, putting Holmfirth firmly on the map as a result.
It’s one that even the younger generation can now enjoy, too – and should, given its cultural impact. Following three elderly men desperately clutching on to youth, viewers can expect plenty of laughs, old-time jokes and plenty of beautiful Yorkshire to admire. Stream it on UKTV Play.
If you haven’t seen Heartbeat before, you probably at least know its theme tune. Set in a fictional village that uses Goathland as its backdrop, Heartbeat remains an iconic piece of British TV history – and one that you can still get a taster of on ITV Hub.
The series follows a team of constables as they attempt to keep the peace between the locals, while also tackling their personal lives.
11. Downton Abbey
One of the most famous of all Yorkshire-based TV shows is Downton Abbey – the show that stole the hearts of not only period drama lovers here in the UK, but our friends over in the US, too.
Chronicling the lives of the Crawleys in the early twentieth century, the family are faced with keeping their family estate intact when the next heir in-line threatens to turn their way of life upside down. Watch it on Netflix.
12. The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard
The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard offers a rare insight behind the scenes of the North York Moors Railway, where the team works hard to keep one of Britain’s remaining heritage railways alive and kicking. Watch it on My5.
13. Our Great Yorkshire Life
Narrated by Emmerdale’s Dean Andrews, Our Great Yorkshire Life lifts the lid on the lives of people all over Yorkshire – with The Yorkshire Vet’s Peter Wright, Christa Ackroyd and Dave and Rob Nicholson from Cannon Hall Farm presenting.
From fishermen to those who attend the Whitby Goth Festival every single year, the series takes a look at some of the most fascinating lifestyles in the region. Watch it on My5.
[Featured image: Channel 5]