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Olivia Colman teases Broadchurch trilogy


Story by Jack Foley

HIT crime drama Broadchurch could become a trilogy, according to Olivia Colman.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard while at a party for BAFTA nominees in London last night (April 25, 2013), the actress said that the show could follow the format established by hit Danish series The Killing, to which Broadchurch has favourably been compared.

ITV surprised many viewers by announcing a sequel to the series immediately after the first season had wrapped. But series creator and writer Chris Chibnall maintained that it was always his intention to pen a second run of episodes, dependent on how audiences had responded.

Colman went one step further, however, saying: “The pressure is pretty awful for the writer, Chris Chibnall. But I think he has always had a second series in mind. I think in his head it’s a trilogy. But we will see how the second series goes.”

And as a further tease, she added: “I know what the story will be [for the second series] but I’m not going to tell you.”

Chibnall himself has previously stated that the second run will be very different from the first but maintained the storyline will be shrouded in the same sort of secrecy.

Only 29 people in the UK knew the identity of the killer ahead of its premiere on ITV on Monday night (April 22) and those that did were sworn to secrecy.

Colman herself added that she had been reluctant to leave the house for a long time so as to avoid the temptation to give anything away.

“We signed so many secret legal documents that I think we were all terrified of letting the secret out,” she said.

Asked whether she thought the series could extend to a third season, Colman said that it was risky but credited audiences with intelligence and a commitment to follow a long drama.

“You’re not assuming people can’t stick with a good story – you’re assuming everyone is bright,” she continued. “It’s nice to know we have an intelligent viewing public.”

Colman has been tipped to land a BAFTA nomination at the very least for her performance as one of the lead detectives in Broadchurch. But she’s also in the running for two BAFTAs at this year’s ceremony, for her roles in The Accused and Twenty Twelve.

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