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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

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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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Man in his 80s rescues man in his 90s from fire

A man in 90s has been helped from his smoke-filled home in Clevedon by a neighbour aged in his 80s after a kitchen fire earlier today, 24 December.

It’s believed the neighbour saw smoke coming from the house in Highdale Avenue. When he realised the man was inside, he went in to bring him out.

An off-duty firefighter who also lived nearby arrived shortly afterwards to help. Two fire crews from Clevedon put the flames out. The house was badly damaged by heat and smoke.

The occupant and his neighbour were treated by paramedics at the scene after breathing in smoke.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service has praised the bravery of the neighbour but warns people not to enter properties on fire.

Blind man calls for crossing after being hospitalised

A blind pensioner from North Somerset is in hospital with a fractured skull after being hit by a car - at exactly the spot where he has been campaigning for a crossing.

79-year-old Ray Stevens says he blames the local council for his injuries after rejecting his pleas to improve safety on a busy road.

Richard Payne reports:

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.

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