INTERVIEW - Gracepoint On ITV Encore: David Tennant On Locations And Shooting On Vancouver Island

On Wednesday 1st April, the first episode of Gracepoint starring David Tennant and Anna Gunn airs in the UK exclusively on ITV Encore. The remake of the award winning ITV series Broadchurch expands on the original series, threading new storylines through the gripping narrative.

Gracepoint follows events in a small Californian town after a young local boy is found murdered. The ten part series was filmed on location on Vancouver Island, BC in the Greater Victoria area early in 2014. Interviewed during the shoot, David Tennant, who plays Detective Emmett Carver, talks about the importance of the location to the drama.
“The series is called Gracepoint and Gracepoint the place is very much a character in the piece,” he says “It’s the story of a small town as much as it’s the story of a murder investigation; it’s the story of how a community reacts to what happens.”

It was crucial, therefore, for the series producers to find the right backdrop to the action, and David believes that they got it just right with Vancouver Island.

“I think Victoria has afforded us some fantastic locations. It’s one of those places where you have four seasons in one day which works rather well for our story. You go from these beautiful days where the sky is the bluest of blues and then three hours later it’ll be the greyest of greys and you’re in this very dark rather tempestuous world. And because our story traverses the spectrum of emotion it’s quite interesting to be filming in a climate that traverses its own spectrum,” he explains. “We also have some beautiful beach locations; we have the town of Oak Bay in Victoria has been transformed into Gracepoint. Oak Bay Avenue is Gracepoint high street. Victoria has been very welcoming and apparently very happy to be transformed, happy to play along.

“What Gracepoint is and where Gracepoint is informs the way that everyone there behaves and how that community exists and thrives and then consequently splinters and fractures. You need the location to be just right, you can’t imagine it being anywhere else, that’s a sign that it’s been got right, I’d say that’s been the case everywhere we’ve gone on this.”

When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a murder, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the town’s residents. As the powerful crime series moves to its startling conclusion, the investigation cuts a devastating swathe through the town of Gracepoint.

The all-star cast includes David Tennant (Broadchurch), Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Nick Nolte (Luck) and Golden Globe Award nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook). 
Watch episode 1 of Gracepoint on ITV Encore on Wednesday 1st April at 10pm BST. ITV Encore is available only to Sky TV subscribers on Channel 123 and via NOW TV.

Source: ITV Press Centre