Hitting the UK TV screens for the last time is crime drama series Broadchurch.
Starring actor David Tennant this programme has had much of its filming for the third series in and around the county of Dorset.
The village at the centre of the series Broadchurch is in fact the small fishing harbour and village of West Bay.
Located with the iconic red cliffs acting as a background for many of the publicity shots for the series of this slowly unfolding crime drama, which is now the last in the series.
However knowing the twists and turns and secrecy around previous versions the script written by local screenwriter Chris Chibnall, who knows?
BROADCHURCH A DARK STORY BUT WITH BRIGHT LOCATIONS
What is known is that many of the locations in the film. There are some gorgeous places to visit should you want to get a feel of the area that was used to illustrate this story.
The locations are in fact much brighter and prettier than the story line seems to portray.
The village of West Bay a tourism destination in its own right with several holiday parks and a number of very good café’s restaurants and pubs to visit. Along with the stunning cliffs and the colourful working fishing harbour that are very big draws for those on holiday.
Add in the Broadchurch effect and it looks like that visitor numbers will be up again for the next few years.
The iconic location although certainly stunning is itself a potential death trap! These cliffs are highly unstable and major falls happen all the time there has been deaths at the scene so view from a distance would be my advice.
As it is part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast the producers have also found some lovely locations just along the coast to include in this new series.
West Bexington a small village made up mainly of bungalows, chalet style houses and colourful wooden beach huts running down to the 18-mile long Chesil Beach, which extends from Portland in the east to West Bay where it ends.
A few miles inland and the tiny hamlet of Little Bredy where the gardens belonging to Bridehead House are used and these are open to the public (currently there is no charge).
With it’s crystal clear lake, meadow garden and the very pretty waterfall that flows from it into a tiny chalk stream that runs through the village its a very tranquil place to visit.
Located at the bottom of a deep rolling chalk hill valley the village with a tiny church and floral-covered cottages that are or have been probably more popular with locals in the past.
However despite the narrow windy lanes to access it this is one of Dorset’s secret locations that are now out! As the film buffs and TV series fans will be on the case to hunt down this location too.
Other locations such as Bridport, Washingpool, Burton Bradstock and what is called the ‘coast road’ locally the B3157 and also sections of the A35 will also feature.
With stars such as Olivia Coleman, Arthur Darvill and new to the cast Lenny Henry seemingly playing a suspect the story maybe rather dark but the locations will lighten your mood.
The local councils are very much hoping it will brighten up the cash flow of local hotels, shops and restaurants as the Broadchurch fans come and see where the key twists and major plot points were played out!