Tom Aldersley, Programme Leader HE Performing Art

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Bradford College students tuning into the BBC’s new prime-time drama may spot a familiar face.

In the Dark, a four-part drama by Bafta-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst, who wrote Ordinary Lies and Shameless, stars Downton Abbey actor MyAnna Buring and So Solid Crew rapper turned actor Ashley Walters.

Also appearing in the crime drama, which starts on BBC One on Tuesday (July 11) at 9pm, is Tom Aldersley, performing arts lecturer at the Northern School of Creative Industries.

Tom, who has previously had roles in Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, features in episodes three and four, which will air on Tuesday July 24 and Tuesday August 1.

And he is keen to ensure his students benefit from his latest acting job.

“In the next semester I will be using the resources I collected from shooting In the Dark in my Acting for Camera lessons such as the scripts, story boards and shooting schedules,” he said.

“The HND Performing Arts students will actually work with those resources and film scenes from the new drama, giving them an accurate, up to date, authentic industry experience.”

He added: “Working for the BBC in a new drama series is always a pleasure. Especially when you are able to work alongside such experienced actors as Myanna Buring and writer Danny Brocklehurst.

“Being able to be part of the process that saw Mark Billingham’s novels adapted for and then performed on screen was an incredibly enlightening experience. One I look forward to sharing with my students.”

Scenes for the drama were filmed in Manchester and Marsden and shows Buring’s character Detective Inspector Helen Weeks return to her hometown after the husband of an estranged school friend is accused of abduction.

Places are still available on the higher education Performing Arts courses starting this September at the college’s Northern School of Creative Industries. More details can be found on the college website or by calling 01274 433 333 or by attending the next Open Day on August 24 between 11am at 2pm.