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No trouble in paradise! How Death in Paradise spin-off has seen business boom for locals in Cornwall town… even if there is a part of the show they are NOT impressed with

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With its picturesque winding streets, whitewashed stone cottages and relaxed atmosphere, the Cornish seaside town of Looe was an easy choice for producers looking for a base for BBC series Beyond Paradise.

The town provides the backdrop for Shipton Abbott – the fictional home of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) after he quit the Caribbean to work in a sleepy West Country town.

Now in its second series, locals say the show’s popularity – with 8.7 million viewers tuning in – has led to Looe’s streets being clogged with fans in search of selfies.

Staff in the Guildhall Market – which doubles as Shipton Abbott police station in the BBC spin off to Death in Paradise – have even had to redirect customers to the town’s real police station half a mile away.

However, there is one aspect of the popular show that locals are not too impressed with – despite mainly being filmed in Cornwall, it’s set in a fictional town in south Devon.

With its picturesque winding streets, whitewashed stone cottages and relaxed atmosphere, the Cornish seaside town of Looe was an easy choice for producers looking for a base for BBC series Beyond Paradise

With its picturesque winding streets, whitewashed stone cottages and relaxed atmosphere, the Cornish seaside town of Looe was an easy choice for producers looking for a base for BBC series Beyond Paradise

Looe resident Dawn Spry works at the Guildhall Market, which doubles as Shipton Abbott police station in the show

Looe resident Dawn Spry works at the Guildhall Market, which doubles as Shipton Abbott police station in the show

Looe resident Dawn Spry who works at the Guildhall Market said: ‘We get a lot of people coming in and asking us is this where it was all filmed.

‘Somebody came in asking if this is the police station, I said yeah thinking they meant in the show but then I realised they really wanted the police.

‘We do get a lot of fans wanting a plaque outside and asking where to stand to get the best picture.

‘When they did the filming they had a farmers market set up in the square and it looked brilliant.’

She added: ‘It’s a bit controversial that they have set it in Devon though when it’s mostly filmed in Cornwall though.’

Juliet Doolan who runs Quirky, a ladies fashion boutique which has featured in numerous background shots, says she sees endless fans of the show taking selfies outside.

She said: ‘When they filmed the first series the town square was at the centre of everything so we got a lot of exposure which was great for us.

‘We do see a lot of people taking photos in front of the door (to the fictional police station).

Dawn said: 'We do get a lot of fans wanting a plaque outside and asking where to stand to get the best picture'

Dawn said: ‘We do get a lot of fans wanting a plaque outside and asking where to stand to get the best picture’

The police station (PICTURED IN THE SHOW), which is really the Guildhall Market, is a popular tourist spot for fans

The police station, which is really the Guildhall Market, is a popular tourist spot for fans

The police station (PICTURED IN THE SHOW LEFT) which is really the Guildhall Market, is a popular tourist spot for fans

The town provides the backdrop for Shipton Abbott - the fictional home of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) after he quit the Caribbean to work in a sleepy West Country town with his wife Martha (Sally Bretton)

The town provides the backdrop for Shipton Abbott - the fictional home of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) after he quit the Caribbean to work in a sleepy West Country town

The town provides the backdrop for Shipton Abbott – the fictional home of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall, LEFT) after he quit the Caribbean to work in a sleepy West Country town with his wife Martha (Sally Bretton)

Pictured: DS Esther Williams played by Zahra Ahmadi, and Humphrey Goodman played by Kris Marshall, filming the show in Looe

Tourists have been flocking to snap selfies at the show's filming locations

Pictured: DS Esther Williams played by Zahra Ahmadi, and Humphrey Goodman played by Kris Marshall, filming the show in Looe (LEFT)

Now in its second series, locals say the show's popularity - with 8.7 million viewers tuning in - has led to Looe's streets being clogged with fans in search of selfies

Now in its second series, locals say the show’s popularity – with 8.7 million viewers tuning in – has led to Looe’s streets being clogged with fans in search of selfies

Season two of the popular show began on BBC One and iPlayer on Friday March 22

Season two of the popular show began on BBC One and iPlayer on Friday March 22

Sidy by side: The cast taking promotional photos (LEFT) in the middle of the town of Looe (RIGHT) where fans have been flocking

Elsewhere in the town, locals remarked how many people loved watching the show being filmed

Elsewhere in the town, locals remarked how many people loved watching the show being filmed

Juliet Doolan who runs Quirky, a ladies fashion boutique (pictured in the show above) which has featured in numerous background shots, says she sees endless fans of the show taking selfies outside

Juliet Doolan who runs Quirky, a ladies fashion boutique which has featured in numerous background shots, says she sees endless fans of the show taking selfies outside

Juliet Doolan who runs Quirky, a ladies fashion boutique which has featured in numerous background shots (pictured in the show LEFT), says she sees endless fans of the show taking selfies outside

‘The cast and crew have all been friendly but when they are doing their thing we are not really in their minds, they are in their own bubble.’

As well as an increased interest from tourists, Juliet says she has directly benefited from the show as she has sold clothes to many members of the cast and crew and her outfits have even been worn in the show.

Elsewhere in the town, locals remarked how many people loved watching the show being filmed. 

Barbara Allison, 85, said: ‘Lots of people love filming the filming on their phones.

‘I haven’t watched the show because I don’t have a TV but my friends have shown me bits of it and I think it’s great.

‘We get plenty of positive publicity for it and it probably does bring some money into the town.’

Further along the marina – which often provides the background for the show – traders say they are often asked about the show but filming schedules can sometimes clash with the busy seaside town’s day-to-day operations.

Phil Dingle, 72, who runs boat tours from the harbour for tourists, said: ‘I have a lot of people asking me about the show. People can’t get enough pictures of the town, especially where they are filming.

Phil Dingle, 72, who runs boat tours from the harbour for tourists, said: 'I have a lot of people asking me about the show'

Phil Dingle, 72, who runs boat tours from the harbour for tourists, said: ‘I have a lot of people asking me about the show’

In an interview, producer Tim Key explained: 'We travelled around lots of different places and were on the hunt to find somewhere that felt like a real town over a seaside resort'

In an interview, producer Tim Key explained: ‘We travelled around lots of different places and were on the hunt to find somewhere that felt like a real town over a seaside resort’

Phil admitted: 'I think when they are filming it causes some disruption. They could go with the flow a little bit more and be a little bit more considerate of what we're trying to do'

Phil admitted: ‘I think when they are filming it causes some disruption. They could go with the flow a little bit more and be a little bit more considerate of what we’re trying to do’

Producer Tim Key explained: 'When we went to Looe, which is actually in Cornwall, it was a beautiful tourist town, but also a thriving community with fishing businesses, so we felt we had found our home'

Producer Tim Key explained: ‘When we went to Looe, which is actually in Cornwall, it was a beautiful tourist town, but also a thriving community with fishing businesses, so we felt we had found our home’

Further along the marina - which often provides the background for the show - traders say they are often asked about the show but filming schedules can sometimes clash with the busy seaside town's day-to-day operations

Further along the marina – which often provides the background for the show – traders say they are often asked about the show but filming schedules can sometimes clash with the busy seaside town’s day-to-day operations

One resident said: 'We get plenty of positive publicity for it and it probably does bring some money into the town'

One resident said: ‘We get plenty of positive publicity for it and it probably does bring some money into the town’

The show is filmed in numerous locations in Devon and Cornwall but Looe - a bustling fishing port with a thriving tourism industry and many independent businesses - was chosen as the home for the show because it felt like an authentic town

The show is filmed in numerous locations in Devon and Cornwall but Looe – a bustling fishing port with a thriving tourism industry and many independent businesses – was chosen as the home for the show because it felt like an authentic town

‘I think when they are filming it causes some disruption. They could go with the flow a little bit more and be a little bit more considerate of what we’re trying to do, I’ve lost business when they’ve been filming and closed the whole road so nobody can get to me.’

The show is filmed in numerous locations in Devon and Cornwall but Looe – a bustling fishing port with a thriving tourism industry and many independent businesses – was chosen as the home for the show because it felt like an authentic town.

In an interview, producer Tim Key explained: ‘We travelled around lots of different places and were on the hunt to find somewhere that felt like a real town over a seaside resort.

‘When we went to Looe, which is actually in Cornwall, it was a beautiful tourist town, but also a thriving community with fishing businesses, so we felt we had found our home.

‘The fictional town is set slightly back from the coast, so we have all sorts of story worlds to dive into.

‘The series looks beautiful, and we were lucky with the weather as well.’

Ahead of the second series of Beyond Paradise airing on BBC One earlier this month, the location debate continued on X (formerly Twitter).

One angry social media user penned: ‘Why do you have to pretend that your new series Beyond Paradise is set in Devon when it is clearly filmed in Cornwall?’

A second questioned: ‘Beyond Paradise – filmed in Cornwall but supposedly Devon! What’s that all about!’

With a third adding: ‘Sort it out @BBC, Beyond Paradise filmed mainly in Cornwall but set in Devon? And as for the dodgy accents…’

Pictured: The town as seen in the first episode of Season One

Looe is divided in two by the River Looe - East Looe and West Looe are connected by a bridge

Looe is divided in two by the River Looe – East Looe and West Looe are connected by a bridge. Pictured left is a shot of the town from the first season

Producer Tim Key said: 'The fictional town is set slightly back from the coast, so we have all sorts of story worlds to dive into'

Producer Tim Key said: ‘The fictional town is set slightly back from the coast, so we have all sorts of story worlds to dive into’

Ahead of the second series of Beyond Paradise airing on BBC One earlier this month, the location debate continued on X (formerly Twitter)

Ahead of the second series of Beyond Paradise airing on BBC One earlier this month, the location debate continued on X (formerly Twitter)

There is one key location that is not open to the public is DI Goodman’s houseboat, during filming the boat is moored on the banks of the Tamar River at Pentillie Castle.

The quay – and neighbouring stone cottage which also features in the show – is a private home although couples can choose to have their wedding in the neighbouring Bathing Hut.

Sammie Coryton who owns the castle – which can be rented for private events – says being in the show has not directly led to more business.

She added: ‘People have enquired about renting the cottage but it has long term tenants. I’m not aware of anybody just turning up.

‘South east Cornwall is often overlooked so more TV being filmed here is never bad for business.

‘When they are filming down here and there are 50 to 100 people who have to have somewhere to stay and buy food and drink will all provide a big boost to the local economy.’



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