Dr Who on location in Clevedon

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By Carol_Deacon | Monday, October 01, 2012, 12:44

A NUMBER of famous faces have been seen in North Somerset as filming for a new drama featuring Doctor Who star David Tenant goes out on location.

Crews have been in the Clevedon and Portishead during the past weeks filming for a new eight part drama series, Broadchurch, for ITV1.

The star studded cast includes David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker, Vicky McClure, Pauline Quirke, Will Mellor, Arthur Darvill and Carolyn Pickles.

Scottish-born David Tennant, aged 41, is best known for his work in theatre, as the 10th incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who and in the title role in the TV serial Casanova (2005).

Olivia Colman is a BAFTA nominated English comedy actress who received critical acclaim for her breakthrough performance in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur.

Most of the  other players have all had considerable big and small screen success especially Pauline Quirke of Birds of a Feather fame.

Broadchurch is inspired by the series The Killing and written by Chris Chibnall, creator of Law and Order: UK and Doctor Who.

It explores what happens to a small community in Dorset when it suddenly becomes the focus of a police investigation following the mysterious and tragic death of 11-year-old Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara).

Working under the glare of the media spotlight David Tennant will play a gritty detective who investigates crimes which other policeman have been unable to solve.

As DI Alec Hardy, an out of town, newly promoted police detective he takes the job local girl DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) believes should have been hers.

The sadness of losing a child consumes the family, Beth and Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker) and their 15-year-old daughter Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont) and Beth's mum Liz (Susan Brown) as they attempt to cope with their grief, everyday normal life and the abruptness of the unwarranted attention heaped upon them.

Mr Chibnall said: "Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm.

"In the wake of one boy's death, the residents of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion."

In the past week the crew has been filming at St Andrew's Church at Wains Hill, Clevedon as well as Strode Road.

Hill Road has been used to represent Broadchurch High Street where a number of exterior scenes have been shot.

The former Seeley's Newsagent in Hill Road is also being adapted, both inside and out, to turn it into the offices of local newspaper, The Broadchurch Echo - which sadly is only yards from the former Clevedon Mercury base at Albert Road.

A number of scenes will also be shot in the West End area of the town, around Marshall's Field and Clevedon Pill.

Two private houses in St Andrews Drive and Lavington Close will be used to represent the homes of some of the characters and St Andrew's Church will represent the Broadchurch parish church.

The drama is being filmed in and around the Bristol area until the end of November.

It will be broadcast on ITV during early 2013.

In the 1993 movie, The Remains Of The Day, starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Christopher Reeve, references are made to Clevedon, where the final scene was filmed near The Little Harp at a bus stop built specially for the film.

The 1998 adaptation of Cider With Rosie also featured scenes filmed in the town and the 2010 film, Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley was filmed on and around Clevedon pier during the summer of 2009 and used for the publicity poster.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay filmed his Channel 4 show at a Portishead marina restaurant in September 2010 and Keeping Up Appearances star Patricia Routledge wearing winter boots played her detective role on the streets of Posset.

E4 TV series Skins used Portishead Quays marina as a backdrop with some scenes filmed aboard the ketch Tangaroa.

In 2008 while filming in the Wells area Johnny Depp was spotted pushing a trolley around Waitrose in Portishead – where celebrities Carol Vorderman, Johnny Briggs and Eddie Large are also know to shop.

And US Mr Fix-it Ty Hamilton rolled up with pots of orange paint in the summer of 2009 to help renovate the outdoor pool for his show Ty's Great British Adventure.

If you count all shooting of Casualty shooting then North Somerset is a small Mecca for the film crews.

      

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