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ITV's Broadchurch drama praised for authentic portrayal of the impact of rape & the police inquiry

Millions of television viewers have been moved by harrowing scenes in the latest series of the ITV drama 'Broadchurch'.

The storyline has included a rape victim recounting the attack - and the police search for the person responsible for crime.

The programme is filmed at at West Bay in Dorset. Its scriptwriters have been praised for the sensitive way in which they have told the character Trish Winterman's story. Rachel Hepworth has been to meet some of the local women who have been involved in helping to make the depiction of the events and the ensuing investigation as authentic as possible.

If you have been affected by the issues mentioned in our report, you can contact organisations including the Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre - telephone helpline 01202 308855; Refuge - telephone helpline 0808 2000 247; and Rape Crisis England and Wales - telephone helpline number 0808 802 9999.

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Impressive cast for final Broadchurch series

Filming resumes in Dorset in the summer Credit: ITV

Award-winning ITV drama Broadchurch resumes filming in Dorset this summer with an impressive cast confirmed to appear in the third and final series.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer.

They will be joined by National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley who take significant roles in the eight-part series to be co-produced for ITV by Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures.

Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

The new series will herald a brand new case for Miller and Hardy with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault.

This is the final chapter of Broadchurch. We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.

– Chris Chibnall, writer
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Broadchurch - the most talked about detective show on television last year, is back tonight. The key characters are back too - played by Olivia Colman and David Tenant. We spoke to some of the cast who've also been asked to keep schtum! Not even we have been given copies of the first episode - but thankfully the wait is nearly over. With our exclusive report - here's Divya Kohli.

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Broadchurch second series cast pictured for first time

The latest cast for ITV's Broadchurch are pictures together for the first time Credit: ITV

The cast for the second series of Broadchurch have been pictured together for the first time.

Returning to the series are David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill.

New to the drama include Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eve Myles and James D'Arcy.

Filming along the Dorset coastline will get under way later this month although details of the storyline and characters are top secret!

Returning cast are joined by some new characters Credit: ITV

Filming to begin in Dorset soon for new series of Broadchurch

The cast of the first series of Broadchurch - the big drama hit of 2013 Credit: PA Wire

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.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman return for second series of Broadchurch

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.

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