In the past, nobody ever based a holiday around popular TV show filming locations. Imagine how stupid you’d have to be to spend a miserable fortnight digging around inside all the bins in Brooklyn because you’d watched Sesame Street and wanted to see where Oscar the Grouch lived. But the recent rise in box set TV consumption has changed all that. Now we have a raft of dramas, all shot in beautiful pin-sharp HD, with filming locations integral to their storylines. So as a result, these locations have turned into brand new tourist hotspots. I watch a dangerous amount of television, so here’s where I plan to spend my next six getaways.
Dorset, as seen on Broadchurch
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a major tourist attraction at the best of times – full of long beaches, stunning cliffs and quaint little towns – but, for me at least, it’s always been lacking when it comes to crowds of people taking photos of each other pretending to be murdered. This year’s ITV drama Broadchurch has seen to that, though. Now people are falling over themselves to see Jack Marshall’s newsagents, and the Sea Brigade Hall (actually an old Methodist church) and, best of all, Pauline Quirke’s caravan. Money well spent.
Annecy, as seen on The Returned
I have to break your heart. The town in the astonishing French zombie drama The Returned isn’t a real town. But all the composite parts can be found around the Lake Annecy region of France. Camille’s house is in Menthon Saint Bernard. The leaky dam is the Tignes Dam. And Sevrier is where you’ll find The Lake Pub, and also hundreds of British nerds saying “Zer Lek Poop” in wholly inappropriate French accents. No word where the underpass is, though. Thank your lucky stars for that.