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Broadchurch to return for second series


Story by Jack Foley

BROADCHURCH is to return for a second series.

As the credits rolled following the revelation of Danny Latimer’s killer, ITV bosses revealed that there will be another series of the smash-hit drama.

Writer Chris Chibnall has been persuaded to pen a sequel despite originally planning for it to be a standalone, one-off series.

It is not yet known what form this will take or which cast members will return, particularly as so many would appear to have reached the natural end of their stories.

Series leads David Tennant and Olivia Colman, for example, appear set to move on. Tennant’s DI Hardy no longer a detective due to poor health, and Colman’s Ellie desperate to escape the town to provide her kids with a fresh start in the wake of her husband’s confession.

However, the second series will still be set in the seaside town of Broadchurch and will be filmed in Clevedon, Somerset. It may not air until 2015, according to the Mirror.

The newspaper quotes Chibnall as saying: “When I first talked to Peter Fincham [ITV’s Director of Television], I mentioned that if people liked it, there was another very different story we could tell afterwards. I’m really thrilled we’re going to tell that story too.”

Fincham himself said of the show’s success: “From the moment the murder scene was discovered, viewers became gripped by the series, and we’ve been genuinely thrilled by the audience response.

“David and Olivia’s performances and Chris’s cleverly crafted scripts have created a truly compelling drama.”

He added: “We’re delighted to be commissioning a second series of Broadchurch.”

Chibnall, meanwhile, has since taken to Twitter to congratulate everyone involved on a job well done for the first series. He Tweeted: “I’ll shut up in a second, but final thanks to the amazing cast, crew, production company & network who all kept our secrets. Now it’s time for a big drink. Just, thank you.”

ITV, for their part, have said that details on the casting and story for series two will be “kept tightly under wraps”. Production will commence in 2014.

But you can understand why the channel is so keen to bring the show back for more. According to The Guardian, Broadchurch has built a weekly audience of 10 million viewers and has brought in £15m in advertising revenue for ITV.

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