Film & TV in Dorset

TV fame for RJ Balson and Sons in Bridport Dorset

TV fame for RJ Balson and Sons in Bridport Dorset

RJ Balson and Sons in Bridport Dorset, Britain’s oldest butchers, will feature in a new BBC TV series called ‘A Taste of Britain’.

Presenter Janet Street Porter and celebrity chef Brian Turner were filmed tasting award-winning pork sausages and faggots made by RJ Balson and Son.

The butchers, who are preparing to celebrate their 500th anniversary, were also featured in another BBC documentary that aired in January 2014.

West Bay is the Broadchurch filming location for the second series

West Bay is the Broadchurch filming location for the second series

The star-studded cast and crew have returned to West Bay in Dorset to start filming the second series of the BAFTA award-winning show Broadchurch.

Stars spotted in the area have included David Tennant, who plays DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman, who plays DS Ellie Miller. Other stars returning from the first series of Broadchurch are Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker and Charlotte Beaumont as Mark, Beth and Chloe Latimer. Hollywood legend Charlotte Rampling will also have a significant part in the new series and she has been seen filming scenes in a house at West Cliff.

Bridport and West Bay experienced a tourism boom when they were the Broadchurch filming location for the first series, which averaged more than nine million viewers per episode. Tourism bosses and local businesses in West Dorset are hoping for a similar economic boost this time around.