ITV is returning to Broadchurch.
Despite some ratings declines and less than stellar critical reception for the show’s second season, the commercial broadcaster has picked up the David Tennant and Olivia Colman fronted series for an 8 episode third season, which is expected to air in 2016.
Created by Chris Chibnall (Law & Order: UK), the first season of Broadchurch told the story of a small community which is rocked when the dead body of Danny Latimer is found on the beach and the ensuing police investigation. The second season, saw Danny’s killer Joe Miller plead ‘Not Guilty’ and followed the ensuing trial; while DI Hardy finally got to the bottom of the Sandbrook case.
The drama series, which has already been remade for the US market, is produced by Kudos Film & TV in association with BBC America and stars David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Will Mellor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
At present it is not clear if any cast members beyond Tennant and Colman will return for season three, which was commissioned by ITV’s Steve November and Victoria Fea. Series creator Chris Chibnall is returning to pen the scripts and will again executive produce with outgoing Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone.
“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”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November.
“We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch”, added Chris Chibnall. “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.”