ITV's The Long Call continues tonight, with Ben Aldridge playing Matthew Venn – a troubled detective reuniting with the family that shunned him as a teenager whilst solving a recent murder in his North Devon hometown.


Last night's premiere ended on a fairly major cliffhanger, with Venn and his colleague Jen (Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie in The Long Call cast) being called to the Barum Brethren community to find out why a girl has mysteriously disappeared, before receiving a phone call that indicated she'd been abducted.

Thankfully, we won't have to wait another week to find out what has happened since the series is airing consecutively over the next three days.

Based on the Ann Cleeves novel of the same name, the four-parter features various seaside shots and picturesque settings as Venn is sent all over his hometown in North Devon – but where was the ITV drama filmed?

Read on for everything you need to know about the filming locations featured in The Long Call.

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Where was The Long Call filmed?

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Filming for The Long Call took place on location in Bristol and the North Devon coast, which is where the drama is set.

All interior scenes for the four-parter were filmed in Bristol, with the exterior scenes being filmed in Devon.

Speaking about filming the outside scenes, Anita Dobson (Grace) said: "It was quite an eye-opener because I'd never been there before. The landscapes are just stunning – and quite different, according to the weather."

While Ben Aldridge, who stars as detective Matthew Venn, grew up in Devon and said that he visited several of the locations that feature in the novel before filming.

"It was nice to be filming somewhere that felt familiar and to know it so well. We used to go on day trips to North Devon when I was younger and I spent some summers surfing on the beaches there," he said.

"Once I knew I was playing Matthew, my parents and I drove up there for the day, visiting the locations in the novel – Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Crow Point."

The opening scenes in the series were filmed at Crow Point in Devon, a peninsula that leads into the Taw & Torridge estuary.

As for Matthew and Jonathan's house, that is located in Appledore – a village on the edge of the Taw and Torridge rivers with a rich fishing history.


The Long Call starts on Monday 25th October at 9pm on ITV. You can purchase Ann Cleeve's novel The Long Call on Amazon. Visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight, or check out the rest of our Drama coverage.