Last Tango in Halifax role for Batley cafe

Last Tango in Halifax role for Batley cafe

STAFF from a coffee house in Batley are set to feature in an episode of the BBC's 'Last Tango In Halifax'.

Production crews from the BAFTA award-winning show were spotted at two locations in Batley on Thursday September 12 - including Brew Coffeehouse on Wellington Street. 

Stars including Anne Reid and Sir Derek Jacobi shot scenes in the cafe, and other cast members filmed at Redbrick Mill on Bradford Road. 

Mohamed Bala, who opened the cafe with his brother Zak and wife Aziza six months ago, said the TV crew came across the venue by chance. 

"It was a bit of luck - they were going to be filming at Redbrick Mill anyway but they were looking for a cafe nearby," he said. 

"The locations manager, who is originally from Batley, stumbled across us and the shop fitted in with what they wanted."  

Mohamed and a member of his staff were informed on the day that they would be cast in the episode. 

"I did a bit on the coffee machine, handing over some tea etc and my colleague was on the till," he said. 

"I was filming with Anne Reid, she kept having to tell me to calm down because I was really nervous - the first time we shot a scene I started before the director said action!" 

Mohamed, who grew up in Batley, says the exposure for both his business and the town, is huge. 

"I think it's great for the town having such a famous cast in Batley, all the 'big fish' were here, and the interest it's generated is amazing," he said. 

It's possible that the BBC hit show could return to the cafe for more filming later in the year, or even just for a quick snack. 

"Members of the crew didn't realise that this was a working cafe, they said they'd be coming back with their families," said Mohamed. 

"They've also suggested they may have a bit more filming to do going forward and we've said we'd be happy to welcome them back." 

Viewers can expect the fifth season of Last Tango In Halifax to hit their screens next year. 

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