BROADCHURCH is nearly over – we’ll know soon who did the evil deed(s)and by next weekend fans will be able to see the crime scene for themselves.
Sir Philip and Lady Williams have agreed to open their Bridehead home in Littlebredy – Axehampton House in the hit ITV drama – to help raise money for rape victims and their village church.
The scene of Trish’s brutal attack was filmed at their home and the Dorset High Sheriff is planning to use the ‘Broadchurch effect’ to raise money both Dorset’s sexual assault referral centres and the village church.
The trouble is they have no idea how many will turn up.
He said: “We don’t have the slightest idea if 20 cars will drift in or we’ll see 200 people even before the doors open at 11 o’clock.”
Bridehead and its private grounds will be open to the public strictly between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday April 22 and 23.
An entry fee of £5 will cover access to the house and grounds. Children under 16 are admitted free. Proceeds will be divided between Dorset’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (The Shores) in Bournemouth, the county’s Rape Crisis Support Centre in Poole, and Littlebredy church funds.
There will be free parking outside Bridehead.
Sir Philip said: “Most of the rooms which were used as locations for the 50th birthday party scene will be available to view, though obviously no longer “dressed” as film sets.
“There will be a display of photographs showing some of the sets as they appeared in the programmes, some scenes of the filming taking place, and several of cast members.”
There will be no refreshments or cloakroom facilities in the house. Portaloos will be available in the car park field, including one for the disabled, and teas and other catering will be separately available in the Littlebredy village hall and on the village green.
Sir Philip will be preparing a questions and answer sheet about the house and its history for the volunteer stewards he’ll be recruiting to help visitors over the weekend.