A MINI-series filmed in York and Ryedale has won a prestigious award for the man who put the city’s streets and buildings on the nation’s television screens.

Steve Lawes last night won the Director of Photography prize at the annual 42nd Guild of Television Cameramen’s (GTC) Awards of Camera Excellence for Death Comes To Pemberley.

The three-part period thriller is based on PD James’ sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and and was among featured highlights of BBC1’s Christmas broadcasts last year.

Its filming included the construction of a gallows outside York Crown Court on the Eye of York and the transformation of College Street into an 18th century street.

Scenes were also shot at York Minster, the Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, Castle Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole, Castle Howard and Harewood House, as well as elsewhere in Yorkshire and the UK.

Among the stars were Matthew Rhys, who plays Darcy, and Anna Maxwell Martin, who grew up in Beverley, as Elizabeth Darcy, along with their co-star Matthew Goode, as Wickham, while Matthew Goode and Doctor Who girl Jenna Coleman play the less reputable couple of Wickham and Lydia.

Keith Massey, chairman of the guild, said: “I am absolutely delighted that this television series, shot in my home town, has received a GTC Award of Excellence.

“It was an outstanding piece of camerawork by Steve Lawes, the director of photography, and so good to see so much of the beautiful city of York. The lighting of the night sequences was unbelievable and a most worthy award winner.”

The award ceremony was held at The Great Barn at Upper Aynho, Oxfordshire and paid special honour to the work of cameramen in war zones.