Are you a fan of the hit ITV crime drama, Broadchurch? If so, get the lowdown on series 3 as we hear it 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.
Filming is underway for Broadchurch 3!
Award winning drama Broadchurch has resumed filming in Dorset with an impressive ensemble cast confirmed to appear in the third and final series.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer.
They will be joined by National Television award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley who take significant roles in the 8 part series. Sir Lenny Henry and Roy Hudd have also been announced as new cast members.
Arthur Darvill also returns as local vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie's son Tom.
The new series will herald a brand new case for Miller and Hardy with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault.
In an interview with Producer, Dan Winch, he promised more twists and turns in the third, and final, series. He confirmed that the Dorset landscape will still be very much a character of the story, saying "What we realise is unique about Broadchurch is that it's a beautiful reflection of the landscape and it's a dark story in a beautiful place". Dan teased that once again 'people will be on the edge of their seats trying to work out the pieces of the puzzle"!
Series one and two were absolutely fabulous with absorbing plot lines, intruiging characters and of course a stunning filming location! We can't wait to see what the third series will bring and we're looking forward to seeing West Bay and the surrounding area play it's integral role to the series once again!
Discover the filming locations with our Broadchurch Trail
Looking to visit some of the specific filming locations? Our Broadchurch Trail will help you discover some of the key filming locations used in the series - immerse yourself in the surroundings and retrace the footsteps of the characters you've avidly followed.
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.
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 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 joined the cast of multi-award winning Broadchurch for the second series.
The new additions to the hugely successful ensemble cast starred alongside David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill.
The cast and crew have once again loved filming in Dorset, especially the new cast members!
Charlotte Rampling 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 both series said “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.
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.
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.
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