Broadchurch will get a third series

PUBLISHED: 17:54 24 February 2015

The cast for series two of Broadchurch, but who will return for the third instalment?

The cast for series two of Broadchurch, but who will return for the third instalment?

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THE hit TV drama, Broadchurch, will return for a third series, ITV has confirmed.

The award-winning drama, produced by Imaginary Friends and Kudos Productions, reached the gripping conclusion of its second series on Monday night, when DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller finally solved the Sandbrook case and discovered the truth behind the death of Pippa Gillespie and the disappearance of Lisa Newbery.

The jury also delivered its verdict in the murder trial of Joe Miller who in the first series was charged with killing schoolboy Danny Latimer.

Many scenes in both series were shot in well-known Clevedon locations including Poet’s Walk, Marine Lake, Marshalls Field and St Andrew’s Church, which all feature in The Broadchurch Trail - a website set up by North Somerset Council to provide information on filming locations for fans.

Now David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be returning to the town for a third time with Chris Chibnall, the creator, writer and co-producer of the first two series also confirmed to be penning the next one.

Details of other cast members and filming dates will be confirmed in the near future.

Chris 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.”

Steve November, ITV’s head of drama, said: “Chris Chibnall knows exactly how to keep viewers guessing and I’m delighted that he is going to take the story on to the next stage.”

The final episode of series two was watched by 7.8 million viewers, with a peak of 8.3 million, making it the highest rating episode of the series. In comparison, the next highest rating at 9pm on Monday was New Tricks with 2.7 million viewers.

The rating was also up by 1.8 million on the previous episode which was watched by six million viewers.

The average consolidate episode viewing figure for the third series of Broadchurch reached nine million. This takes into account those who recorded and watched the episodes later.


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