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News / March 4, 2013 / Creative England provides filming location support for major ITV drama Broadchurch

Creative England supported the production of a major new eight-part drama series, Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, with the first episode broadcast on ITV on Monday 4th March 2013.

Where was ITV drama Broadchurch filmed?

The Broadchurch production team was based at Fishponds in Bristol from August to November 2012 and Broadchurch filmed across the South West – from South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and West Dorset to film at locations along the Jurassic Coast.  Clevedon in North Somerset doubles as the fictional West Country town of Broadchurch itself.

Other members of the star-studded cast including Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker, Vicky McClure, Pauline Quirke and Arthur Darvill.

Creative England supported the production throughout their time in the region, from their initial hunt for filming locations in England and crew, to facilitating the shoot with Film Friendly Partnership agreements in place with councils across the South West, such as North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with other scenes shot in Yate.

Producer Richard Stokes said that Clevedon was an ideal filming location. He said: “Hill Road was perfect for us and the businesses along the road were incredibly accommodating. We also found  numerous filming locations in the surrounding area including the church and domestic houses. Our only studio set was the inside of the police station and a couple of domestic interiors where it was impractical to expect to be able to get a camera team.”

Filming in England and in this case Broadchurch filming in the region, brings a substantial benefit to the economy. Creative England estimates that a major television production such as this will spend in the region of £16,000 to £19,000 each day.

“For a production this size to be based in the South West for four months is a fantastic opportunity for high amounts of inward investment into the region,” said Creative England Production Liaison Manager for the South West Ellie Cook.

Broadchurch explores what happens to a small community in Dorset when it suddenly becomes the focus of a police investigation, following the tragic and mysterious death of an eleven year old boy under the glare of the media spotlight.

Writer Chris Chibnall (United, Law and Order:UK), who lives in West Dorset, said: “The landscape informs the drama: the cliffs, the sea, the beach are all key elements of the story.”

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Creative England delivers a  comprehensive production liaison and filming locations service to support and attract national and international film and TV productions to film in England, outside London.

We work to improve the conditions for filming in England, delivering support to productions by sourcing regional filming locations and crew, securing filming permissions and accessing studios.

Read more about filming in England and the support we offer to production