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Broadchurch series two casting announcement

Published: Mon 12 May 2014

David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill return for the second series of Broadchurch
 
After months of speculation ITV, Kudos and Imaginary Friends have confirmed the returning cast for the new series of Broadchurch, which begins filming in Dorset shortly.
 
 
 
Broadchurch 2
 
Photo by Nicky Johnston
 
In keeping with the first series, secrecy and intrigue 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. 
 
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 Producer is Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK) who also produced the first series. James Strong, who directed 5 episodes of the first series including episode one, will be directing episodes one and two of this new series. 
 
“The reaction to Broadchurch from UK viewers has been incredible,” said Jane. “So we’d like viewers to enjoy the new series knowing as little as possible about what’s to come and for the story to unfold in real time.”
 
More Broadchurch news will follow soon to ensure the media are kept informed of specific developments, but we’re appealing to the media to avoid revealing any spoilers beyond this.
 
Note to Editors:
 
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. More than 9 million viewers watched the popular drama unfold.  Across the first series Broadchurch was the most watched weekday drama since 2004, and only two weekday dramas have rated higher since 2002 (Life Begins and Doc Martin).  
 
 
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.  The channel will be dedicated to celebrating the best of contemporary British ITV drama, and will be home to some of ITV's most successful series of recent years.