Let’s hope they had plenty of spare change for the ticket machines.

Because the cast and crew of new ITV drama Girlfriends spent a lot of time in Monk Bar car park on Wednesday (July 19).

Star Miranda Richardson was filming driving scenes. And for the layperson, it was a fascinating insight into how they go about it.

Good to tow

Miranda gets into the car, with its training wheels

Miranda’s Mercedes was kitted out with a camera on the bonnet.

And then it was towed by a large utility vehicle with some of the production crew in the back, as the star acted in the car.

It was a long day’s filming. Miranda Richardson was still shooting scenes on Monkgate at 6.45pm.

The scene seemed to show her car bumped into another.

Today’s filming followed the former Blackadder II star shooting scenes with Buffy actor Anthony Head in York on Tuesday.

The location that time was the Cosy Club restaurant on Fossgate.

Ready to roll

Showing off beautiful York

Kay Mellor takes a break from directing to meet Frankie Bricklebank at the Visit York Information Centre.

Kay Mellor, creator of Fat Friends, is the writer and director of Girlfriends, and she was keen to bring it to York.

And no, it wasn’t for the car parks.

“I wanted to show off this beautiful Yorkshire city in all its glory,” said Kay, who is from Leeds.

“With its stunning architecture, vibrancy, brilliant restaurants and café bars and lovely riverside York was such a good choice.

“I knew as soon as I brought our cast here they would fall in love with it.”

The utility vehicle prepares to tow the car for an action take

Girlfriends is a contemporary story of Linda, Sue and Gail as they struggle with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.

Head of communications at Make It York Kay Hyde said: “We were thrilled to welcome the production team to York and we’re excited to see York on film when Girlfriends comes to our TV screens.

“Kay’s award-winning writing is loved across the UK and this new series is sure to help put York in front of millions of potential visitors.”