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David Tennant to play detective in ITV drama Broadchurch


Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Tennant is to play a detective in new ITV drama Broadchurch.

The eight part series will follow the death of a young boy in a seaside town and has been penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.

The high-profile show also includes a stellar ensemble cast, including Rev star Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker (of Attack The Block fame), Vicky McClure (who played Lol in This Is England and recently starred with Tennant in BBC1’s True Love), Will Mellor and Arthur Darvill, who plays current Doctor Who Matt Smith’s sidekick Rory.

Tennant himself will head the cast as out-of-town Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, who clashes over the case with a local officer played by Colman.

Series writer Chibnalll described Broadchurch as a story of “scale and intimacy” in which the characters’ lives are “laid bare”.

Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm,” she continued. “In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents come under scrutiny and suspicion.”

The show will be filmed on location in Dorset and Portishead near Bristol later this year.

In-demand Tennant is also set to feature in the forthcoming BBC Four drama The Spies Of Warsaw, based on the best-selling novel by Alan Furst.

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