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West Bay, situated on Dorset’s coastline, plays a starring role alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman in ITV1’s hit drama, Broadchurch.

The spectacular West Dorset landscape features prominently throughout all three series and is integral to setting the mood of the drama; the towering sandstone cliffs at East Beach in particular have become synonymously linked with the show. 

The third and final series of Broadchurch, ITV's multi award-winning drama co-produced by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures, will be back on air Monday 27 February 2017.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, this time investigating a serious sexual assault in the Dorset community.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan return to play Beth and Mark Latimer. They are joined by National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winners Lenny Henry and Georgina Campbell along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley. 

Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

Creator Chris Chibnall has once again written all eight episodes of the drama which was filmed on location in the now familiar Broadchurch locations of Bridport, West Bay and Clevedon as well as Bristol's Bottleyard Studios.

Key Media Facts

~ Film & TV Producers are attracted to the area by the unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and proximity of manor houses and beautiful gardens.

~ Broadchurch represents a unique opportunity for Dorset’s fantastic Jurassic coastline to gain national media coverage and has already generated a large amount of interest in the area - the 'Broadchurch Effect'.

~ Broadchurch is most visited page on when the series airs and consistently ranks in the top 10 throughout the year.

~ The website saw an increase in traffic of 148% for the first week in January 2015 compared to the same period the previous year.

~ The Visit Dorset website received a coveted Google Knowledge Graph placement last year for the search term ‘Where was Broadchurch filmed?’

~ The Royal Television Society has described the series as a ‘cultural phenomenon’.

~ UK audience average per episode over the first series was 9.4 million and the second series drew in 9.7 million viewers.

~ The show has had a significant impact. An Exeter University survey of 60 tourism-related local businesses in West Bay found that more than three-quarters of respondents stated that trade had increased in 2013, and nearly half of these thought this was definitely or probably due to Broadchurch.

~ A site survey was undertaken at West Bay in August 2014 - Broadchurch was the key production for core screen tourists, with nearly 80% listing it as partly motivating their visit.

~ Visit Dorset undertook a substantial marketing campaign to exploit the tourism opportunity Broadchurch offered to the region. These included a Broadchurch-specific pay-per-click campaign which ran throughout the duration of the show, using key search terms and phases specific to the series and its filming locations. A Broadchurch Trail poster and leaflets are also distributed in visitor centres and available as a download. Visit Dorset has placed ads in the Broadchurch novel to drive screen tourists to West Bay and Bridport.

~ Visit Dorset has also run several online campaigns and competitions via social media and e-newsletter marketing offering prizes at key Broadchurch locations.

~ Dorset has provided the backdrop for other high profile productions in the past - most recently featuring in the 2015 Hollywood adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd.

~ Dorset local authorities regularly grant filming permission for TV companies to use the Dorset area in their productions.

~ Visit Dorset also helps TV and film companies by and offering other support to encourage companies to use Dorset as a location for their productions.

Broadchurch Series 3 Press Pack

Download the official press pack from ITV.

Reports & Studies

For more detailed facts and figures, please refer to the following commissioned studies:

Exeter University Business School - The Impact of Broadchurch on Business in West Dorset (2013)

Olsberg SPI - Quantifying Film and Television Tourism in England

Filming Locations

A behind-the-scenes guide to the places that take a turn in the spotlight in the first and second ITV series.

Download the Broadchurch Trail

Further Information

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