Stars return for more filming in West Bay

AND... ACTION: The crew sets up to start filming

AND... ACTION: The crew sets up to start filming

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A West Bay newsagent was besieged by press photographers this week and locals were warned of an angry mob on the warpath, while the new police station was called into use again.

Yes, Broadchurch was back in town as the ITV drama series starring David Tennant returned for another block of filming in and around the Bay.

Car parks were commandeered by trucks and trailers and camera crews braved rain and sea mist to continue making the much anticipated series, written by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.

The drama turns West Bay into Broadchurch, a coastal town which finds itself under the spotlight of media attention after the body of a boy is found on an idyllic beach.

The series also stars Pauline Quirke, Will Mellor, Arthur Darvill, Andrew Buchan and Olivia Colman and Vicky McClure.

Richard Attrill, of Harbour News, found his shop the focus of attention as its exterior was used to film scenes of the Broadchurch newsagent under siege from the media.

“We had to shut for a little while as they filmed outside,” said Mr Attrill.

“And we had to keep quiet and not pop our heads outside.

“They used our shop for the outside shots and I think the interior is filmed in Bristol.

“But it was no hassle and the crew are very helpful and everyone is very friendly, Pauline Quirke has just been in.

“It certainly livens up the Bay a bit.”

The filming this week, which was due to go on late into the night, takes the plot forward as residents of the fictitious community are drawn into the police inquiry.

Local hoteliers and business people are implicated as the effects of the local boy’s death hit home.

Familiar landmarks have been transformed into a police station and the Bridport News becomes the Broadchurch Echo.

“Broadchurch tells the story of a small community and the devastating emotional repercussions for everyone caught up in the mysterious death of a young boy,” said Laura Mackie of ITV’s drama commissioning team.

“It’s not a ‘whodunnit’ or a traditional police drama.

“Chris Chibnall’s superb scripts have attracted a stellar cast.”

Executive producer Jane Featherstone said: “We’re proud to have cast an outstanding array of Britain’s finest performers to appear in Broadchurch.

“The drama is a snapshot of modern Britain.”

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