If recent reports are to be believed, house hunting enquiries in Cornwall have more than doubled since the bodice-ripper Poldark first started airing on Sunday nights. But can Aidan Turner’s bare chest and a few rousing shots of a coastal sunset really kickstart a property boom?
The short answer is no. Day-dreaming about Ross Poldark and window-shopping online don’t exactly translate into real life property sales. “It’s certainly very good for the county and makes the Cornish very proud of what we’ve got down here,” says Andrew Harvey, managing director of Cornish estate agents FAC, but he thinks it is “early days” to be taking this surge of interest seriously.
However, in the spirit of Poldark, we have rounded up some other scenic corners of the UK which have received a frenzy of attention due to their appearance on the idiot box.
West Bay, Dorset (Broadchurch)
Stunning landscapes punctuated this harrowing depiction of murder and grief in a small seaside town, and it was the views which kept people coming back to Dorset even after the identity of the killer was revealed. Summer rentals were buoyed by the ‘Broadchurch effect’, as was the asking price on the blue chalet where David Tennant’s character lived.
Brenda Blethyn’s gruff, no-nonsense Geordie detective is another Sunday night staple, and the Northern wilderness often depicted in the drama only adds to its appeal. The local holiday lettings market has reaped the rewards of our nation’s obsession with crime procedural; tourism has benefited so much from Vera, in fact, that a special screening of the program was held in Hexham’s Queen Hall.
Fulham (Made in Chelsea)
The Fulham townhouse which posh reality stars Jamie Laing and Oliver Proudlock have called home for the last couple of seasons of the BAFTA-winning hit Made in Chelsea is now on the market. Fancy living like your favourite spoiled brats? It’ll only cost you £1.4 million.
Brentwood and Chigwell (The Only Way Is Essex)
Essex was hit by a backlash following TOWIE’s stratospheric popularity, with 48% of survey respondents telling RightMove they found the area “less desirable” thanks to the likes of Arg and Gemma. Still, property developers have faith that Chigwell can be salvaged, as these £1.94 million five-bedroom homes indicate.
But why any sane person would want to live in a place that has seen countless brutal murders and vajazzles take place is a mystery.