Are you a fan of the hit ITV crime drama, Broadchurch? If so, get the lowdown on Broadchurch series 3 as we hear it and behind the scenes information of the cast, producers and all the Dorset filming locations.
Broadchurch was penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer, Chris Chibnall, with each series boasting a star studded cast including David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill.
Chris Chibnall says "It's been an extraordinary journey: from tiny beginnings inspired by a walk in 2011 along the Jurassic Coast where I live, to a global success.."
Coming soon....Broadchurch series 3!
The third and final series of Broadchurch hits our screens on Monday 27th February at 9pm and we can't wait!
Filming took place in Dorset throughout 2016 with an impressive ensemble cast. 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. The final series in the trilogy starts three years on from when we last left it. We'll find out if Beth and Mark have come to terms to with the death of their son, Danny and how life for them has changed. There is a bold new crime story which will force us to ask whether the town has a crack running through it caused by Danny Latimer's death; is this new crime somehow the long-term legacy of that dark moment?
In an interview with Producer, Dan Winch, he promised more twists and turns in the 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"! We've been promised some amazing footage of the iconic cliffs, the bay and the rolling Dorset hills...we can't wait!
Series one and two were absolutely fabulous with absorbing plot lines, intruiging characters and of course a stunning filming location! We've been promised that we'll see new locations and more of our extraordinary Dorset landscape. 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!
Broadchurch so far...what you need to know!
Broadchurch first hit our screens back in March 2013 with the second series following in early 2015. The premise has always been to explore how a tragic incident affects a small, close-knit community, and how the chracters react to the media attention and the mutual suspicion that arises. Broadchurch is unique in how it shows how something terrible can happen in such a beautiful place.
The Dorset landscape was always intended to be a main chracter 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 informs the drama: the cliffs, the sea, the beach are all key elements of the story."
Intamacy and secrecy surround the series keeping us continually guessing and on the edge of our seats.
Broadchurch Series 1 – a round up!
The first series of Broadchurch opened with the stunning cliffs at West Bay towering over the body of schoolboy, Danny Latimer, on the beach below. West Bay took on it's integral role and provided the stunning backdrop for this gripping whodunit drama.
The first series let us delve into the lives of the Broadchurch residents and discover the secrets and lies that wrapped the small town and kept us guessing til the very end who had murdered Danny Latimer.
The dramatic cliffs of West Bay are easily recognisable as the stunning setting of the beach where Danny was found and they featured throughout the series. West Bay was 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.
Broadchurch Series 2 - the lowdown!
The stunning Dorset coastline reprised its starring role alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman in what was another enthralling series back in January 2015.
Broadchurch series 2 followed 2 plot strands; one focussing on how the local community rebuilt itself after the events of series 1 alongside the trial of Joe Miller and also the re-opening of the Sandbrook case, a previous case of DI Alec Hardy's which held many bad memories and one he'd never been able to move on from. 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. We discovered more stunning Dorset locations including the beach huts at Charmouth, The Knoll at Punknowle which featured alongside the easily recognisable towering cliffs and beach at West Bay which are now so symbolic to the hit show. You may remember the bluebell woods which were integral to the Sandbrook case, this was filmed in Hooke Woods near Beaminster which is just up the road from West Bay!
Cast and crew on filming in Dorset!
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, and who can blame them!
David Tennant, who plays DI Alec Hardy commented after filming the last series in Dorset “I will miss our trips to the coast. West Bay and the Jurassic coastline I will definately need to visit because there is something very special about that place and it is an extraordinary part of the country”.
Olivia Colman, who plays DS Ellie Miller talked about Dorset’s beauty when being 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”
Andy Buchan, who plays Mark Latimer was asked if he would miss the locations that have become part of the Broadchurch phenomenon, to which he replied "I think I would take a holiday in Dorset every 10 minutes if I could. It is a spectacular part of the world. From the scenery to the people, the whole package down there is spot on."
Jodie Whittaker who plays Beth Latimer comments "I love being in Dorset. It's a brilliant place to be and film".
Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Trish Winterman in the third series said "Well it was absolutely wonderful being down in Dorset, really beautiful and I had a period of time in the summer when I was down a lot and I had a little caravan on the beach (Freshwater Beach Holiday Park). I used to walk over the cliffs to West Bay to work in the morning and in the middle of summer it was absolutely lovely. It doesn't get any better than that!"
When asked what she thought of West Bay, Eve Myles, who featured in the second series, 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."
Filming on the Jurassic Coast was a real bonus for Pauline Quirke, who played Susan Wright in the first two 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.”
Discover the filming locations with our Broadchurch Trail
Looking to visit some of the specific Broadchurch filming locations? Our Broadchurch Trail will help you discover some of the key filming locations used in each of the series - immerse yourself in the surroundings and retrace the footsteps of the characters you've avidly followed.
An idyllic location for a perfect holiday - book your break to the real "Broadchurch"
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 locations that found a place in your hearts, follow in the footsteps of the characters you’ve avidly followed.
Why not book on a Broadchurch walking tour....you could follow a similar route to the one that inspired Chris Chibnall to write the story at the very start!
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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