WITH VIDEO: Broadchurch crew spotted filming near edge of 'unstable' cliff

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: Film crew at the top of the cliff. Photo; Dorset Media Service Film crew at the top of the cliff. Photo; Dorset Media Service

A FILM crew shooting the latest series of Broadchurch has come under fire for setting up camera close to the edge of a ‘dangerous’ and ‘unstable’ cliff.

Shooting for the second series of the BAFTA award-winning show is well underway in West Bay.

Coastguards have sent out a number warnings urging people to stay away from the cliffs in recent months, following unpredictable weather which has led to rockfalls and landslides.

But as these photos show, the Broadchurch film crew was spotted just inches away from the edge of East Cliff, sparking safety concerns.

Their ‘silly’ actions have been met with strong criticism from local coast experts.

An estimated 400 tonnes of rock fell on to the beach in February this year, leaving a large portion of the cliff face unstable.

A spokesman for Portland Coastguard said: “We always advise people to stay away from cliff edges because they are so unstable, and especially this year with the weather we have had.

“There is a fairly fresh fall near East Cliff.

“People need to stay away and definitely away from the recent fall; either below the cliffs or anywhere that’s overhanging.

“It can go in an instant and doesn’t give any warning. It is definitely not wise to go near the edge.”

A coastguard rescue officer, who did not want to be named, said: "You can clearly see that the crew are sitting on what is the only bulge on that section of the cliff. Of all the places, that area looks to be the most at risk to a trained eye. 

"We would never have any of our cliff teams in such a dangerous position without first having them being attached to double-staked secured safety lines and of course wearing full rescue harnesses.

"Their actions appear to be really stupid and why they were not attached to even some basic safety lines so close to the edge of the cliffs, I find remarkable in this age of health and safety."

But producers have defended the filming techniques, saying a number of checks were carried out beforehand.

A spokesman said: “The Broadchurch production team were granted permission to film in the area by the local council and the National Trust.

“We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible.

“Precautions are always taken to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the cast and crew.”

The scene is about a mile from Freshwater Beach where holidaymaker Charlotte Blackman, aged 22, was killed in a landslip in summer 2012.

Filming for Broadchurch returned to West Bay on Wednesday, with stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant returning to the area along with new addition, Hollywood actress Charlotte Rampling.

Jamie Staple, station officer for West Bay Coastguards, said if the production team had told them it was planning to film from the cliff, ‘we would have told them not to do it.’ He added: “If people ignore our advice, it is up to them.

“These cliffs are always dangerous. It’s not a case of if they fall, it’s a case of when they fall.”

Richard Edmonds, earth science manager of the Jurassic Coast Team, said: “It’s just common sense to stay away.

“It’s an unnecessary, silly risk.”

VIDEO OF WEST BAY CLIFF FALL

Rescuers descended on West Bay in February after part of East Cliff collapsed

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5:00pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Tonyglyn says...

Hang on, a negative Broadchurch story in the Echo?!? Everything okay at Echo HQ?
Hang on, a negative Broadchurch story in the Echo?!? Everything okay at Echo HQ? Tonyglyn
  • Score: 12

2:56am Sun 8 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

Were they not warned by Master Radical cliff?
Too busy guarding the new slip way from non club members.as usual .
Could have been a BAFTA award winning balls up LOL
What channel is this drivel on again? LOL
Were they not warned by Master Radical cliff? Too busy guarding the new slip way from non club members.as usual . Could have been a BAFTA award winning balls up LOL What channel is this drivel on again? LOL westbaywonder
  • Score: -2

11:40am Sun 8 Jun 14

Dorset69 says...

Didnt the echo get a photo of them having a crap aswell ?
Didnt the echo get a photo of them having a crap aswell ? Dorset69
  • Score: 3

3:37pm Sun 8 Jun 14

marabout says...

This photo shows the crew on the South West Coastal path. Is the path dangerous? Should the Echo be running a story about the dangers of the path?
This photo shows the crew on the South West Coastal path. Is the path dangerous? Should the Echo be running a story about the dangers of the path? marabout
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Sun 8 Jun 14

ksmain says...

Do you know one of the cameramen had a sandwich the other day? And a wave broke on the shoreline just behind where the crew were filming.

Yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn ...........
Do you know one of the cameramen had a sandwich the other day? And a wave broke on the shoreline just behind where the crew were filming. Yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn ........... ksmain
  • Score: 10

5:34pm Sun 8 Jun 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Despite the spokesman saying 'We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible.'

It is similar to King Knute saying that he could stop the encroaching tide. A cliff fall could and does happen at any time and they were bl**dy stupid to film there.
Despite the spokesman saying 'We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible.' It is similar to King Knute saying that he could stop the encroaching tide. A cliff fall could and does happen at any time and they were bl**dy stupid to film there. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Sun 8 Jun 14

MrTomSmith says...

Echo take the weekend off zero new on the website but can obviously spare a reporter to watch the Broadchurch crews every move. It really is pathetic, sorry was that a negative post again. Well this Newspaper need to know they are boring the pants off their readers. Get a grip for gods sake. It don't bother us we read for nothing, it's the paying public that buy the newspaper you want to worry about.
Echo take the weekend off zero new on the website but can obviously spare a reporter to watch the Broadchurch crews every move. It really is pathetic, sorry was that a negative post again. Well this Newspaper need to know they are boring the pants off their readers. Get a grip for gods sake. It don't bother us we read for nothing, it's the paying public that buy the newspaper you want to worry about. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 4

5:56pm Sun 8 Jun 14

ksmain says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
Despite the spokesman saying 'We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible.'

It is similar to King Knute saying that he could stop the encroaching tide. A cliff fall could and does happen at any time and they were bl**dy stupid to film there.
I didn't know he watched Broadchurch.

Is the plot that old??
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: Despite the spokesman saying 'We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible.' It is similar to King Knute saying that he could stop the encroaching tide. A cliff fall could and does happen at any time and they were bl**dy stupid to film there.[/p][/quote]I didn't know he watched Broadchurch. Is the plot that old?? ksmain
  • Score: -1

8:37pm Sun 8 Jun 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

ksmain says...Is the plot that old??
If you had painfully watched the first series and waited for something exciting to happen, you would know that there is no such thing as a NEW TV plot!
ksmain says...Is the plot that old?? If you had painfully watched the first series and waited for something exciting to happen, you would know that there is no such thing as a NEW TV plot! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 7

11:57am Mon 9 Jun 14

Steve_ITSOEZE says...

Surely more worrying than the film crew stood on the top of the cliffs in the photo are the holidaymakers sat on the beach at the bottom of the cliff?
Surely more worrying than the film crew stood on the top of the cliffs in the photo are the holidaymakers sat on the beach at the bottom of the cliff? Steve_ITSOEZE
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Mon 9 Jun 14

notweymouth says...

Note to any business: Stand at the edge of the cliff in West Bay and get free newspaper coverage!
Note to any business: Stand at the edge of the cliff in West Bay and get free newspaper coverage! notweymouth
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Mon 9 Jun 14

marabout says...

I may have to watch this Broadchurch thing... is it any good?
I may have to watch this Broadchurch thing... is it any good? marabout
  • Score: -2

3:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

marabout says...I may have to watch this Broadchurch thing... is it any good?
IMHO The first one was rubbish - the second one may be the same - I would record it rather than possibly wasting time watching it live.
marabout says...I may have to watch this Broadchurch thing... is it any good? IMHO The first one was rubbish - the second one may be the same - I would record it rather than possibly wasting time watching it live. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -2

9:17pm Mon 9 Jun 14

monkeydog says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
Despite the spokesman saying 'We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible.'

It is similar to King Knute saying that he could stop the encroaching tide. A cliff fall could and does happen at any time and they were bl**dy stupid to film there.
Cnut didn't say he could stop the tide. He actually demonstrated that he couldn't.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: Despite the spokesman saying 'We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible.' It is similar to King Knute saying that he could stop the encroaching tide. A cliff fall could and does happen at any time and they were bl**dy stupid to film there.[/p][/quote]Cnut didn't say he could stop the tide. He actually demonstrated that he couldn't. monkeydog
  • Score: 2

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