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ITV commissions third series of drama Broadchurch

David Tennant will return as Alec Hardy for the thrd series of Broadchurch. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

ITV has commissioned a third series of the award winning and critically acclaimed drama Broadchurch.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will reprise their roles as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller for the third series. Details of other cast members, and filming dates, will be confirmed at a later date.

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the new series which will be written by Chris Chibnall once again. The executive producer team will remain the same with Chris Chibnall alongside Jane Featherstone.

Steve November said: “Chris Chibnall knows exactly how to keep viewers guessing and I’m delighted that he is going to take the story onto the next stage.”

Creator and writer Chris Chibnall said: “We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again."

Meanwhile the season two finale came to a gripping conclusion yesterday and received a positive reaction on Twitter.

Radio DJ Chris Moyles described the series as "brilliant television" and television presenter Lorraine Kelly said it was "a very good piece of drama".



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.

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

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