North Somerset’s most famous 5 film and TV locations
PUBLISHED: 10:52 23 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:25 01 May 2015
From Broadchurch to the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age North Somerset is home to some of England’s best known TV and film locations. Here are 5 worth visiting this summer.
1 Hill Road, Clevedon - Broadchurch
The chillingly normal opening scenes of Broadchurch season 1 were played out along Hill Road, Clevedon. This very traditional English street with its pretty shop fronts, well-kept awnings and neat pavements epitomised contentment and security. But we all know what happened next. We can’t promise any drama for your visit (thank goodness) but Hill Road is great for specialist shopping and afternoon tea.
2 St. Andrew’s Church, Clevedon – Broadchurch
Broadchurch’s parish church and place of work for love-lorn Reverend Coates (Arthur Darvill) is Clevedon’s St. Andrew’s Church. You’ll find this beautiful 12th century church at the end of Old Church Road overlooking the Bristol Channel.
3 Clevedon Pier – Never Let Me Go
Film stars Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan tread the boards of Clevedon Pier in scenes from this chilling film that show their charcters on a rare day out from their sheltered lives as they contemplate their existance as clones. The 10,000 brass plaques that decorate the pier are also symbolic in the film, but in reality they carry the names of people who’ve made donations to the restoration and upkeep of this elegant Grade 1 Listed pier.
The band One Direction also filmed their video You and I exclusively at Clevedon Pier, Check out the behind the scenes video below
4 Brean Down – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Facing off the Spanish Armada, marshalling an army and being a woman can’t have been easy back in the 16th century. So you’d have at least wanted a good vantage point and an inspirational view as back up. Brean Down is the setting for Cate Blanchett’s rousing speech to her troops as they prepared to battle Spain in the film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. The Down is still one of the best look outs in the South West. And while we can almost guarantee peace and serenity on your visit, take a look at the windswept trees for some idea of how dramatic the weather can be here at times.
5 The Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare – The Remains of the Day
If we’re to believe the tense scene between Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thomson in The Remains of the Day, visitors to Weston’s Grand Pier in the 1950s applauded when they turned on the lights in the evening. The pier looks different today (The Remains of the Day was made in 1992 and the Grand Pier’s pavilion was destroyed by fire in 2008). But the restoration has stayed true to the original in many ways.
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