Dorset’s coastline played a starring role in Broadchurch, ITV1's hit drama which starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
The series was penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall with a star studded cast including David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure, Pauline Quirke and Arthur Darvill. The Dorset landscape was also very much a character in the drama! "Broadchurch was a love letter to the scenery of the Jurassic Coast" says Chris Chibnall, "which used key West Dorset landmarks as part of its story. The landscape informs the drama: the cliffs, the sea, the beach were all key elements of the story".
Dorset provided the backdrop for the picturesque coastal town of Broadchurch and West Bay was the scene for the idyllic beach where local boy, Danny Latimer, was found dead, bloodied and dirty. Broadchurch was filmed in many locations along the Dorset coast including West Bay, Eype and Freshwater near Burton Bradstock. Download your own copy of the Broadchurch Trail and visit the locations as seen on screen.
Both the cast and crew adored Dorset...especially in the high sun of early September 2012 when they were filming in the area.
David Tennant played DI Alec Hardy, a big fish in a Dorset backwater in the ITV drama and told ITV News "This is the only place you'd ever want to come on your holidays".
Olivia Colman, who played DS Ellie Miller said "being on the cliff at Bridport in the sunshine during the first week of filming was just amazing. Idyllic".
Vicky McClure played journalist Karen White in Broadchurch and describes one of her highlights of filming as "my week long stay in the caravan park where we filmed. I didn't have many scenes that week so had a lovely time by the sea. The West Country is a beautiful place to film". The caravan park where filming took place is Freshwater Beach Holiday Park - a family park on the Dorset coast.
Filming on the Jurassic Coast was a real bonus for Pauline Quirke, who played Susan Wright. "I have absolutely fallen in love with the place. I loved being at West Bay and when I got the chance I'd go off exploring. I have been to Lyme Regis and lots of other places just having a wander around with Bailey (her pet labrador). I have really got to see parts of Dorset that I have never seen before. Even when the weather turned cold, it was still beautiful".