Broadchurch drama boost toursim for West Bay and Bridport
PUBLISHED: 19:05 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 April 2013
The Broadchurch drama by Bridport writer Chris Chibnall has thrust West Bay and Bridport into the limelight<br/><br/>Photo Steve Tucker
Broadchurch, the new ITV drama filmed in West Bay drew in a massive 6.8 million viewers for its first episode which aired on 4 March. Created by Bridport-based writer Chris Chibnall, the eight-part drama about the mysterious death of a young boy in a seaside town features a stellar cast that includes David Tennant and Olivia Colman. The gorgeous Dorset backdrop obviously appealed to many viewers as the West Bay website (westbay.co.uk) received over 100 hits a minute during the broadcast and the website is experiencing twice the normal traffic for this time of year at almost 2,000 visitors per day.
Steve Tucker, joint owner of the Ellipse Caffe on the quayside at West Bay met a lot of the cast, as the fictional Broadchurch Police station was located just behind the Italian caffe bistro. We were very fortunate in that a lot of the filming happened around us; some scenes were even filmed inside Ellipse, which was great fun. The film crew and many of the actors were regular visitors, says Steve, who adds that staff member Pippa Horton was even an extra. We could see something special was being created, he continues, and the response to the series has been terrific as people are starting to research the area and wondering where this magnificent scenery is located.
More interest in the West Bay area is expected as the remaining episodes are aired. Broadchurch is on ITV on Monday at 9pm. For more details visit broadchurch.co.uk.
To see ITV report on the impact of Broadchurch on West Bay visit