BBC Drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ Brings Famous Bronte Family Back to LifeSusannah Walbank
Penistone Hill in Haworth is perhaps the most fitting of locations for the filming of a major new BBC drama series about Haworth’s most famous literary family the Brontes.
To Walk Invisible will be filmed in and around Haworth during the months of May and June with the BBC promising to turn back the clock and transform Haworth’s famous Main Street to its former Victorian glory.
A full-sized replica of Bronte Parsonage and its surrounding buildings is currently being built on the stunning, but windy wilds of Penistone Hill between Haworth and Stanbury.
This much anticipated BBC drama has been penned by Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright, with Johnathan Pryce of Game of Thrones fame, cast as the Bronte’s father Patrick. Chloe Pirrie (War and Peace) will play Emily, Finn Atkins (Common) will play Charlotte and Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) will take on the role of youngest sister Anne.
To Walk Invisible promises to take a look at this most famous of literary families, focusing on the incredible obstacles the sisters had to overcome in order to write some of the greatest novels in the English language.
Writer and director Sally Wainwright says: “This is such an exciting and ambitious project, and we have already had a huge amount of interest in it. Something about the lives of these three brilliant, talented Yorkshire women seems to touch people at a very deep level. I am honoured that the BBC have asked me to bring to life this fascinating family in a story set in the heart of West Yorkshire. We have a wonderful cast and I am delighted to be working alongside Karen Lewis (producer) again, and with Faith Penhale.”
While the people of Haworth were already excited at the prospect of seeing their famous cobbled Main Street dressed for TV, the news that the BBC will be requesting local volunteers to perform as extras on this lavish TV production has got the whole village talking.
Check out our aerial photographs of the Parsonage set in its current state and check back for future updates as the work continues apace.