When looking for a British alternative to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, it’s no surprise that you’d end up in Cornwall!
Following the final season of ITV’s ‘Doc Martin’, filmed in the quaint fishing town of Port Isaac, your weekly dose of Cornwall has returned to your screens with the BBC’s new drama, ‘Beyond Paradise’. This time, south-east Cornwall takes centre stage, showcasing the beautiful seaside town of Looe, and locations around the Tamar and Lynher rivers amongst others.
Kris Marshall reprises his role as Detective Humphrey Goodman, following his exit from the popular show ‘Death in Paradise’ back in 2017. The detective left the Caribbean with his now-fiance for a life in the fictional town of Shipton Abbott. Whilst the story is said to be set in Devon, those crystal blue waters and golden sands give away the fact that much of the show was filmed in Cornwall.
With the majority of the aerial shots being of the the coastal town of Looe in South-East Cornwall, the town's Guildhall also doubles up as the police station and other locations used around the town include the harbour and the beach with its distinctive stone pier, known as the Banjo Pier, because of its shape.
Away from its new found fame as a film location, Looe remains a working fishing port that attracts visitors all year round. You can still watch the sunset on the quay as the boats roll in, before tucking into award-winning fish and chips or sampling the best catch at local restaurants.
In the daytime, little ones can go crabbing on the quayside or go rambling through rockpools with the Looe Marine Conservation Group. Or, try your own hand at fishing and take a trip out to see what you can catch.
Away from Looe, scenes have been shot on Pont Creek opposite Fowey, Whitsand Bay, St Germans and the Pentillie Estate above Saltash. It is here that Humphrey and Martha have their house boat moored. You can't quite recreate this blissful setting , but you can rent out Pentillie Castle and walk down to the quayside.
Beyond Paradise will be back on our screens this Christmas (2023), the cast were spotted filming in Looe this July, and we will continue to share more insider tips on the filming locations as and when we get them.
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