Filming in North Somerset
North Somerset promotes itself as a film friendly council, recognising the economic benefits filming can bring into the area, and the growing interest in "film tourism". There's an average of 50 filming shoots in North Somerset every year. Everything from films, advertisements and music videos to reality TV, nature programmes and drama series including Broadchurch and Sherlock Holmes.
Clevedon featured as a major location in series 1 and 2 of the hugely successful ITV BAFTA Award winning crime drama Broadchurch set in the fictitious Dorset town. The first series, which reached a peak audience of 8.9 million, starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman. The third and final series begins filming in summer 2016 and, once again, Clevedon will be a main location. Visit our Broadchurch Trail to see where many scenes were filmed in and around Clevedon in series 1 and 2.
The biggest boy band in the world, One Direction, filmed a music video on Clevedon Pier, Monday 24 March 2014 - what a coup! Despite high security the fans gathered for a glimpse of the band and Clevedon Pier went viral on Twitter. The Pier Mistress reported an increase in visitors of 20% after the filming, with lots of young fans recreating the video on their smart phones. The video "You and I" went on to win Best British Video in the 2015 Brits Awards.
Feature films, filmed in the district include Never Let Me Go, starring Kiera Knightly and Remains of the Day, starring Anthony Hopkins. Soon to be released British Film "Mum's List", based on the best selling book by St John Greene and starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox, was filmed in Clevedon in 2015.
Also in 2015 the National Trust's Tyntesfield estate in Wraxall featured in the BBC's Sherlock New Year Special and ITV's adaptation of Anthony Trollope's Dr Thorne. Other TV programmes have included the Hotel Inspector, Come Dine with Me, Embarrassing Bodies and Groundforce. The One Show filmed live from Weston beach in glorious summer weather in 2013, and in 2014 KFC used the beach to film a high action commercial. 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.
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).
For filming enquiries contact Ursula James, Tourism Development Officer:
Telephone: 01934 427 295