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US version of Broadchurch cancelled after one season

Broadchurch

Story by Jack Foley

THE US version of hit ITV drama Broadchurch has been cancelled after one season.

Renamed Gracepoint, the drama saw David Tennant reprise his role as a detective investigating the murder of a boy in a small town but the show concluded with a different killer being revealed.

However, unlike its ITV counterpoint, there will not be a second run as viewing figures proved disappointing for Fox, having started out with 4.8 million but then quickly dipping to 4m.

The original ITV series drew an average of nine million viewers a week when it was broadcast in March last year, with the sophomore run due to commence in January with new cast members including Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Meera Syal.

The US version had originally been billed as a “limited series” and not a continuing drama, so another season was not necessarily expected – although Fox would doubtless have been hoping to enjoy the same kind of viewing success as ITV.

Gracepoint also starred Breaking Bad luminary Anna Gunn as Det Ellie Miller, played by Olivia Coleman in the ITV original.

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