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Halifax has enjoyed BAFTA success, bringing home two awards.

The much-acclaimed Last Tango in Halifax won for best drama series, while one Hipperholme girl was praised for her news skills.

Programme Name: Last Tango In Halifax - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: Exclusive placements for comms'(L-R) Celia (ANNE REID), Alan (DEREK JACOBI), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE) - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Helen Turton

Programme Name: Last Tango In Halifax - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: Exclusive placements for comms'(L-R) Celia (ANNE REID), Alan (DEREK JACOBI), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE) - (C) Red Productions - Photographer: Helen Turton

The two prestigious television awards followed the huge success of the Halifax-based BBC drama, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid telling the stories of teenage sweethearts reunited 60 years later.

A second series is now on the way for the show expected to air later this year, most of which was filmed locally while it was written by Calderdale TV writer Sally Wainright.

Meanwhile, local journalist Claire Ashforth also brought home a gong.

Claire, 34, from Hipperholme took the lead role in reporting for ITV Granada’s acclaimed coverage of the recent investigations into the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in football’s biggest ever disaster.

Claire, a former Lightcliffe C of E School & Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High pupil, spent months working closely with Hillsborough families and survivors to produce the special news programme; ‘Hillsborough, The Truth at Last’.

Claire told the Courier it was a “huge honour” to be awarded.

She said: “I’m shocked, delighted, thrilled and so pleased for the families who have all been in touch to say congratulations and thank you for helping them and keeping them in the headlines. I’m so pleased they’re pleased of what I did that day.

“To sit and listen to the harrowing tales from survivors, from family members of what took place that day at a football match was heartbreaking.

“The truth was so clearly there.”