The return of the popular ITV thriller Broadchurch has prompted a large rise in the number of people searching for holidays in the west country.
According to the booking website Hotels.com, searches in Somerset have risen by up to 200%.
Locations in Somerset and Dorset were used to film the fictional town. In the days following the first episode of the new season searches for hotels in Portishead have risen by 200%, and in Bridport the numbers have risen by 161%.
The second episode of the new season airs tonight.
Broadchurch regularly attracted an average of nine million viewers per episode in 2013, perfectly showcasing this beautiful area to a huge audience. It is clear that Brits take travel inspiration from their favourite TV programmes, with this drama the latest to boost search figures to a specific UK location – as the series progresses it will be interesting to see if the growth in popularity matches it.
Over 7.5 million people tuned in last night to watch the return of Broadchurch on ITV.
The series is shot with the stunning backdrop of the Dorset coast, and many of the village scenes are filmed in Clevedon, North Somerset.
ITV News West Country presenter Ian Axton had a small cameo role in last night's episode. Ian has been to West Bay to meet Chris Chibnall, the man who created Britain's most successful crime drama. We get his reaction to the episode and ask him if he's planning a third series:
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A dedicated Broadchurch trail website has been set to up to highlight some of the North Somerset locations used in the series. Part of the drama was filmed in Clevedon including Hill Road which became Broadchurch High Street, a vacant shop, Seeleys, which became the Broadchurch Echo.
The shop is now a local food and craft market. Traders on Hill Road got the idea to set up a market after seeing the fictional outdoor Broadchurch Market set up, and with a grant from North Somerset Council’s High Street Innovation Fund were able to transform Seeley’s into a community market.
What we plan to do is update the trail when the second series has finished so that we don't give away any of the surprises undoubtedly in store.
At the moment the trail includes locations such as Marine Lake, Poets Walk, Marshall's Field and St Andrew's Church (which became Broadchurch's parish church of St Bede).
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The long awaited second series of Broadchurch returns in the New Year, but a trailer is out to whet your appetite.
The latest teaser features a song by Laura Doggett, a singer-songwriter and former student of City of Bath College.
We caught up with Laura to talk about her success and her love of Bath.
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Bristol actor Joe Sims is returning to his old school today to give a talk to students. The Broadchurch star, who played Nigel in the hit ITV drama, will be at Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldland Common.
The second series of Broadchurch returns to our screens soon. It is filmed in Clevedon in North Somerset and West Bay in Dorset.
ITV's hit drama Broadchurch has had tremendous success at the TV BAFTAS.
Broadchurch, which was filmed in West Bay in Dorset and Clevedon in North Somerset, won three awards at last night's ceremony.
Olivia Colman was named best leading actress, David Bradley best supporting actor and the show won best drama series.
David Tennant and Olivia Coleman will be returning to the west country for a new series of Broadchurch. The ITV drama which was watched by 9 million people last year is filmed in and around West Bay in Dorset and in Clevedon in North Somerset.
The second series has been penned by Chris Chibnall, who created and wrote the first series. He has previously said that the new run will be "completely different".
ITV's director of drama Steve November said: "We're delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we're remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops.
"Suffice to say Chris has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series."
Executive producer Jane Featherstone said: "The reaction to Broadchurch from UK viewers has been incredible. So we'd like viewers to enjoy the new series knowing as little as possible about what's to come and for the story to unfold in real time."