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Charlotte Rampling to star in new series of Broadchurch

Internationally acclaimed actress Charlotte Rampling is to take a lead role in the new series of Broadchurch, ITV has announced today.

The multi award-winning series, which captured viewers last year will begin filming in the UK in the upcoming weeks.

Details of the character Charlotte Rampling will be playing are being kept under wraps. Credit: PA

“We’re delighted Charlotte is joining the Broadchurch family. She’s the first of some exciting additions to the ensemble for the new series," Steve November, Director of ITV Drama, said.

Charlotte is set to play a "pivotal role" in the new series, but details of her character and how she impacts on the drama are being kept under wraps by the producers.

TV hit Broadchurch named top show of 2013

Murder mystery drama Broadchurch has been named the best TV show of 2013. The ITV crime story, set in a Dorset coastal town and starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, beat The Great British Bake Off and Netflix drama Breaking Bad in this year's poll.

The Radio Times list, compiled by the magazine's critics, sees drama dominate this year's countdown, with The Returned, Top Of The Lake, Homeland, Breaking Bad and Peaky Blinders in the top 10.

TV hit Broadchurch named top show of 2013 Credit: ITV

French supernatural thriller The Returned is second, followed by fellow Channel 4 show, the fly-on-the-wall documentary Educating Yorkshire.

Top Of The Lake, the Jane Campion drama starring Elisabeth Moss, is fourth, with James Corden's new comedy The Wrong Mans and US show Homeland in fifth and sixth place.

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ITV named Channel of the Year as Broadchurch gets award

ITV has been awarded Channel of the Year at this year's Edinburgh television festival in recognition of a strong period of programme that has included its Exposure documentary on Jimmy Savile and the hit drama series Broadchurch.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman from ITV series Broadchurch. Credit: PA

Earlier this month, it emerged that US network Fox will be remaking the critically acclaimed crime drama for Broadchurch for US audiences.

Read: Fox to remake hit drama Broadchurch

Fox to remake hit drama Broadchurch

US network Fox will remake the critically acclaimed crime drama for Broadchurch for US audiences.

Olivia Colman and David Tennnant starred in the critically acclaimed ITV drama about the murder investigation of an 11-year-old boy.

Like the UK programme, the US version will follow the death of a young boy found dead on a beach.

The first series of Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman pulled in nearly nine million viewers. Credit: ITV

The shows creator Chris Chibnall will write the first episode and act as a executive producer on the show.

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said the company were delighted to bring such a "riveting" drama to US audiences.

After the first series pulled in nearly 9 million viewers, a second series of the UK version is due in April.

ITV confirms Broadchurch will return for second series

Broadchurch stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman with supporting cast members. Credit: ITV

Popular ITV drama Broadchurch will return for a second series next year, the broadcaster confirmed tonight.

The first series, written by Chris Chibnall and starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, concluded this evening.

“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.”

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