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Broadchurch will return for a third series

ITV have commissioned a new series of the drama Credit: ITV News

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return for a third series in the award winning and critically acclaimed drama Broadchurch.

We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again.

– Chris Chibnall, Creator & Writer

Broadchurch boosts Somerset hotel searches by 200%

Filming took place in Somerset and Dorset Credit: PA

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.

– Lizann Peppard, Hotels.com

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Broadchurch creator on the success of his series

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:

Broadchurch trail website set up to show locations

Broadchurch was partly filmed in Clevedon in North Somerset Credit: ITV

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).

– Ursula James, North Somerset Council's tourism development officer

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Watch: full interview with Laura Doggett, singing star of the new Broadchurch trailer

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.

Broadchurch winner at TV BAFTAS

Broadchurch was filmed in West Bay in Dorset and Clevedon in North Somerset Credit: ITV

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.

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