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Broadchurch encourages tourists to visit Dorset

ITV drama Broadchurch has recently returned to our screens for a second series following its success in 2013, which saw the production win a number of BAFTAs. Set in the fictional close-knit small town of Broadchurch, much of the filming has taken place in the South West, including a number of locations in Dorset.

The first episode of this series was aired on January 5th and has since triggered a surge in bookings for cottage accommodation in Somerset, Dorset and even Devon. Broadcasting the beauty of the area has inspired many to want to visit the stunning expanse of coastline, as well as a number of the small towns and villages in the surrounding area.

During the first series, filming of the local church and David Tennant’s accommodation was carried out in Clevedon, and the town’s high street features also. In this series, the Wessex Crown Court scenes shown in the program are in fact filmed at Exeter University, and the nightclub and taxi rank to be shown in series two are actually found in Weymouth.

A location loved by the cast and viewers alike

The show’s writer Chris Chibnall is said to have been inspired by the Jurassic Coast and one of the most iconic settings shown in the series is the backdrop of the golden cliffs located at West Bay. Lead actress Olivia Coleman told Visit Dorset that she thought “Being on the cliff at Bridport in the sunshine during the first week of filming was just amazing”, something which many are hoping to experience for themselves by staying in coastal Dorset holiday cottages.

The Telegraph reported that Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who stars in series two, had mistaken the beautiful setting of the Jurassic Coast to be a location in the South of France, confirming its appeal as a wonderful destination to take a summer break.

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