A BOLTON street has been transformed into a scene from London’s East End as filming continues for a new BBC drama series.

Vintage cars, taxis and even a retro police box could all be spotted on Silverwell Street with crews working on the production of Ridley Road, a four-part series starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Rory Kinnear and Eddie Marsan.

The programme is based on Jo Bloom’s novel Ridley Road and tells the story of a young Jewish woman who goes undercover at a fascist organisation in sixties London.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Ridley Road is a thriller set against the backdrop of a swinging sixties London we haven’t seen, an East End world where far-right fascism is on the rise.

“When Vivien Epstein follows her lover into danger and he is caught between life and death, Vivien finds herself going undercover with the fascists, not only for him but for the sake of her country.”

Bloom’s novel was inspired by the struggle of the ‘62 Group’, a coalition of Jewish men who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain.

Series writer Sarah Solemani said: “Britain’s relationship with fascism is closer and more alive than we like to think. Luckily, so is our rich heritage of fighting it.

“Jo Bloom’s gripping book revealed a darker side of sixties London and the staggering contribution the Jewish community made in the battle against racism.

“I am thrilled to be working with production company Red and the BBC to bring this little-known slice of British history to the screen.”

Newcomer Aggi O’Casey is making her television debut as Vivien. Speaking about her casting, the actress said, “Sarah Solemani has blown me away with the detail, sensitivity, and complexity with which she has written Vivien.”