Are you a fan of the hit ITV crime drama, Broadchurch? If so, get the lowdown and behind the scenes information of the cast, producers and filming locations.
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.
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 were all key elements of the story.”
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 drama.
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 looked great on screen but it also found it’s way into the hearts of the cast and crew, who adored Dorset…..especially in the high sun of September 2012 when they were filming in the area:
David Tennant, who played DI Alec Hardy commented “This is the only place you’d ever want to come on your holidays”.
Olivia Colman, who played DS Ellie Miller talked about Dorset’s beauty - “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 and describes one of her highlights of filming as “my week long stay in the caravan park where we filmed (Freshwater Beach Holiday Park). I didn’t have many scenes that week so had a lovely time by the sea”.
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).” “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 come 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.
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To make things even easier, you can also download your own copy of the Broadchurch Trail and visit the specific locations as seen on screen.