Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan, who play Danny’s parents Beth and Mark Latimer, will also return to their roles, alongside Arthur Darvill as local vicar Paul Coates. No other details have yet been revealed.
ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the new series.
“We’re delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we’re remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops,” said Steve. “Suffice to say Chris has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series.”
Broadchurch will be executive produced by Chris Chibnall (The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone (Utopia, The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company.
The first episode rating of 9.1 million (31% audience share) in March 2013 saw Broadchurch achieve the highest weekday launch of a new drama across all broadcasters since ITV’s Whitechapel in January 2009.
The first series of Broadchurch will be shown on ITV Encore at launch, stripped across its first week on air. ITV Encore is ITV's first new channel in eight years and launches on SKY Channel 123 on 9th June 2014.
After months of speculation ITV can has confirmed the cast for the new series of Broadchurch, which begins filming in Dorset shortly. In keeping with the first series, secrecy surrounds the story of the award winning drama written by creator and acclaimed screenwriter Chris Chibnall.
David Tennant will return as Alec Hardy, whilst Olivia Colman resumes her role as Ellie Miller, last seen having her life torn apart as husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer.
Broadchurch will return for a second series, ITV confirmed tonight. The new series will go into production next year. As with the first series, details of the story, and which characters will return, are currently being kept tightly under wraps.
Filmed in Dorset, since launching on 4 March, the drama has never been far from everyday conversation, becoming compelling viewing as the audience have dissected and analysed the cleverly crafted scripts.
The first episode rating of 9.1 million (31% audience share) saw Broadchurch achieve the highest weekday launch of a new drama across all broadcasters since ITV’s Whitechapel in January 2009.
“We’re delighted to be commissioning a second series of Broadchurch,” said ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham. “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.”
Whodunnit!? We've waited eight weeks for this and, tonight, we should - finally - find out who the murderer is! Who killed the young boy Danny Latimer.
Much of it was filmed in West Bay, on the Dorset coast. And, fans of the series - starring David Tennant - have been travelling there from across the country. Tourism officials say there's been a record number of visitors.
Tonight a brand new ITV drama begins on our screens, and it's set to get our hearts racing! Broadchurch, starring David Tenant, and Olivia Colman, was filmed on the beautiful coastlines of Dorset. It's a spine-tingling thriller. Divya Kohli went behind the scenes.
Broadchurch is a spine-tingling thriller. The story of a town wrapped up in the murder of a young boy. ITV News Meridian reporter, Divya Kohli went behind the scenes to get exclusive access to the cast and crew.