Keswick has been chosen as a location for a new BBC One drama starring former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston. 

The A Word is a six-part drama series and is being filmed in locations in the Lake District, including Keswick and Thirlmere.

The series, with Mr Eccleston, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Greg McHugh, Vinette Robinson and six-year-old Max Vento, is the story of the Hughes family. 

When their youngest son is diagnosed with autism, they realise that they have to learn how to communicate. 

The series, written by Bafta winner Peter Bowker, is based on an Israeli production, written and created by Keren Margalit, who will be an executive producer on the UK series.

Lakeside Castings, of Carlisle, has provided 200 extras for the film so far.

Phil Mckay, of the agency, said: "The filming has taken place around Coniston and Keswick.

"It represents a big chance for local people and it's nice to have a bunch of extras from all walks of life. It's good for them to get involved and have an insight of what's going on in their village.

"It's positive that the filming went ahead despite the floods that have affected so many people in the county, it gives them a boost.

"The show must go on and for the local people has been nice to see that it went ahead and having Christopher Eccleston knocking around. It's been great for the community."

Filming is due to finish at the end of the month and Mr Mckay said it is due to be broadcast later in the year.

Mr Eccleston was in Keswick in 2014 to film Safe House for ITV.

A second series of the thriller, screened last year, has been commissioned, which will also be filmed in the county .