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Broadchurch is back: the West Country locations

The iconic West Bay - the back-drop for Broadchurch. Credit: ITV

Last night Broadchurch returned to our screens for a third and final series.

It is, of course, filmed here in the West Country - and tourism bosses have told ITV News when Broadchurch is shown on our screens the fans arrive in their droves.

They are hoping this series will be no different.

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It all began in 2013 at West Bay in Dorset and has since become one of TV's most successful dramas.

There are now Broadchurch tours there where people hope to catch a glimpse of the stars and walk in their footsteps.

Local businesses say they have seen an uplift since Broadchurch began.

People in Clevedon give up their houses for filming. Credit: ITV News
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North Somerset is once more a key location for this series with some residents of Clevedon giving up their homes for filming.

They were sworn to secrecy over the plot and what they saw being filmed but say the neighbours were thrilled.

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In the local church what the vicar described as a 'huge amount of kit' was brought in to create some of the scenes for this series.

The vicar described it as the church's great privilege, honour and joy to host the team as they created the fictional town of Broadchurch.

As the third series airs - even if it is the last one - it will be these iconic locations that draw the fans here for years to come.

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