Filming in North Somerset
About six years ago North Somerset signed to become an accredited "film friendly" local authority.
This involved one-to-one mentoring and a training day run by Bath film office for relevant officers in the council (including tourism, highways, environmental health, health and safety, press office). North Somerset Council is listed on the Creative England website as an accredited authority and the site also has an image library which includes North Somerset locations.
We attract a wide variety of filming from nature programmes, drama series to reality TV (including Hotel Inspector, Come Dine with Me, Embarrassing Bodies, Groundforce). The One Show filmed live from Weston beach in glorious summer weather in 2013. Feature films, filmed in the district include Never Let Me Go, starring Kiera Knightly and Remains of the Day, starring Anthony Hopkins. We’ve also had Only Fools and Horses, were used regularly by the BBC Casualty crew when they were based in Bristol, and hosted Channel 4’s T4 on the Beach music festival for 8 years.
In the summer of 2011 Weston became the star of a new Sky 1 sitcom, The Café – written by, and starring, Ralf Little of The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps fame, and Olivier Award-winning screenwriter Michelle Terry. The series was directed by Craig Cash (Dave the son-in-law from the Royle Family). 2011 also saw filming on 2 new BBC dramas Inside Men and Public Enemies.
In 2012, a second series of The Café was shot in Weston, and shown on Sky in August - September 2013 - see Hewish Media's behind the scenes video below.
From August to December 2012 Clevedon featured as a major location for the hugely successful ITV crime drama Broadchurch set in the fictitious Dorset town. The series, which reached a peak audience of 8.9 million, starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman, and inspired traders in Hill Road, to open the empty shop used as the Broadchurch Echo as a successful twice-weekly market selling local produce. Overall, forty six filming requests were received in 2012 – resulting in 37 actual shoots including BBC’s Antiques Road Trip and Frankie, Channel 4's Come Dine With Me and Hugh's (Fearnley Whittingstall) Fish Fight.
We recognise the economic benefits of film crews using North Somerset and wherever possible encourage them to use local businesses and support the local economy (e.g. accommodation providers, catering supplies, builders' merchants, security services, restaurants, cafes and car parks). We also hope to benefit from the growing market for “film tourism”.
For filming enquiries contact Ursula James, Tourism Development Officer:
Telephone: 01934 427 295