Written by on May 12, 2014. Posted in On Location

New series of ITV drama Broadchurch to film on location in Dorset

A second series of ITV’s murder drama Broadchurch will once again film on location in Dorset on the south coast of England. Broadchurch was a big hit and followed the impact of a child murder investigation in a small seaside community.

“We’re delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we’re remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops,” says ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November: “Suffice to say Chris [Chibnall, the series creator and writer] has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series.”

Adds Executive Producer Jane Featherstone: “The reaction to Broadchurch from UK viewers has been incredible, so we’d like viewers to enjoy the new series knowing as little as possible about what’s to come and for the story to unfold in real time.”

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be among the returning stars. Tennant has spent the past few months in British Columbia filming the US version of the show. Gracepoint filmed near Vancouver, doubling the region for a California seaside town.

We’re delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we’re remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops.

Steve November, Director of Drama for ITV

British television is increasingly shifting to western England, especially since a TV tax credit made production more viable throughout the UK. The BBC has established a base at Roath Lock in Cardiff and The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol have been used by major period dramas New Worlds and Wolf Hall.

Broadchurch is the latest British TV drama to be remade in North America, although the decision to double British Columbia for California continues the trend of shifting production away from Los Angeles. Authorities in California want to introduce sweeping changes to the state’s filming incentive programme to curb the ongoing runaway production problem.

(Image: ITV)


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