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Are you a fan of the hit ITV crime drama, Broadchurch? If so, get the lowdown on series 2 and behind the scenes information of the cast, producers and filming locations for both series 1 and 2.

Broadchurch was penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer, Chris Chibnall, with both series boasting a star studded cast including David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill.

Latest News – Broadchurch will Return for a third series!

Series one and two were absolutely fabulous with absorbing plot lines, intruiging characters and of course a stunning filming location!  With news that a third series is confirmed we can't wait to see West Bay and the surrounding area play it's integral role to the series once again!

Series 2 - the lowdown!

The first episode of the second series of Broadchurch hit our screens on the 5th January and the stunning Dorset coastline reprised its starring role alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman in what was another enthralling series.

With twists and turns at every corner this series kept us on our toes and guessing once again.

In keeping with the first series, details were kept under wraps, ensuring that secrecy and intrigue surrounded the story.

The Dorset landscape once again played its part in telling the story and offered the most stunning backdrop to this amazing drama. The towering cliffs and beach at West Bay have now become so symbolic to the hit show.

What we do know is that we have loved seeing the stunning Dorset coast in all its glory on our screens again and we can hand on heart confirm that it looks even more amazing in the flesh than it does on screen!

Series 2 - cast and crew on filming in Dorset!

Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge have joined the cast of multi-award winning Broadchurch for the second series.

The new additions to the hugely successful ensemble cast star alongside David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill as the drama continues to intrigue.

The cast and crew have once again loved filming in Dorset, especially the new cast members!

Charlotte Rampling has commented "It was a really great experience to film there. I find it an extraordinary coastline, very inspiring country and a beautiful part of England."

Marianne Jean-Baptiste said "When I watched Broadchurch, I thought where is this, it has to be the South of France or somewhere, because the light is fantastic."

When asked what she thought of West Bay, Eve Myles replied "I'd never been there before - how glorious is that place and why haven't I been before? It's two hours from my house door to door, I'll be going there a lot more. I was spotting out places to take the children next summer. It's beautiful."

James D'Arcy found it a "joy to go to work every morning in one of the most beautiful places in England".

Dorset Coast - A unique kind of landscape!

The Dorset landscape was always intended to be a main character of the drama; Chris Chibnall, wrote Broadchurch “as a love letter to the scenery of the Jurassic Coast which used key landmarks as part of its story.

The landscape informed the drama: the cliffs, the sea, the beach are all key elements of the story.”

Series 1 – a round up!

West Bay provided the stunning backdrop for the gripping whodunit drama and we have got all the information you need to discover the settings of some of the most iconic scenes which featured in the first series.

The towering, dramatic cliffs of West Bay are easily recognisable as the stunning setting of the beach where Danny was found in the opening episode and they featured throughout the series.

West Bay is also the setting for the café, police station, newsagents, Sea Brigade Hall and harbour used in the drama with the caravan park and beach hut located nearby at Eype and Freshwater.

An idyllic location for a perfect holiday

The spectacular location not only looks great on screen but it also found it’s way into the hearts of the cast and crew, who have adored Dorset:

David Tennant, who plays DI Alec Hardy commented “I loved being back in West Bay....West Bay is the location that everyone recognises - the Jurassic cliffs still feature prominently in series two. We always enjoy coming back here”.

Olivia Colman, who played DS Ellie Miller talked about Dorset’s beauty whenbeing on location filming for the first series - “being on the cliff at Bridport in the sunshine during the first week of filming was just amazing. Idyllic”

Filming on the Jurassic Coast was a real bonus for Pauline Quirke, who played Susan Wright in series one, “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).”

“Even when the weather turned cold it was still beautiful.”

Book your break to the real "Broadchurch"

It’s no wonder that Dorset has captivated film and TV makers; with unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and views that you can only dream about, it makes the perfect backdrop.

So, if you are a Broadchurch fan, why not travel to Dorset and experience the Broadchurch location for yourself by booking a short break - come and visit the location that found a place in your hearts, follow in the footsteps of the characters you’ve avidly followed.

Immerse yourself in the surroundings and let your imagination do the rest….discover the beauty of Dorset and the stunning scenery that stole the show and fall in love with the wonderful Dorset landscape yourself.

If you are visiting the Broadchurch locations and other parts of the Jurassic Coast, please take time to read the safety information. Further details can be found here

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