We’ve already had a story about a series beginning filming today (Channel 4’s No Offence), but this is the biggie – it’s Broadchruch! David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller for the third series, which started filming today, with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer. Crucially there’s a brand new case and some brand new cast members, too.
To coincide with the commencement of filming, ITV has confirmed that Sir Lenny Henry and Roy Hudd will join the impressive ensemble cast alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, and acclaimed actors Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley who take significant roles in the eight-part series.
Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe, Charlotte Beaumont as Mark and Beth’s daughter Chloe, and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.
The new series will herald a brand new case for Miller and Hardy, with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault.
The series explores the consequences of a serious sexual assault as a Dorset community comes under the scrutiny of Hardy and Miller’s investigation. Based on a year of research with Dorset-based organisations who specialise in dealing with victims of sexual assault, and police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence, Broadchurch’s final chapter looks at the emotional cost to all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships.
No word on when series three might be with us, but I’m expecting it before the end of the year.
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