Olivia Colman is, as we all know, one of the UK’s leading actresses. It almost doesn’t need to be said. But she’s so brilliant in everything she puts her mind to – comedy, drama (I still can’t get her performance in Paddy Considine’s harrowing Tyrannsaurus out of my mind), you name it. There’s just something so natural and likeable about her, and Broadchurch she has fashioned a character who has really struck a chord with viewers. Ellie Miller is someone who has been put in extraordinary situations, but someone who we all, somehow, can relate to. That takes great skill to pull off, and Colman has the skills. We managed to get hold of an interview with Colman, which you can read after the old jumperoo.
As well know, one of the heavy hitters of British crime drama is back on our screens next week. Broadchurch, especially that gut-wrenching, incredible first series, has become a real phenomenon – Chris Chibnall’s scripts have been amazing, and it has really benefitted from having a brilliant cast, not least that central pairing of David Tennant and Olivia Colman. We managed to get hold of an interview with David, so have a butcher’s after the jump…
We knew it was on the horizon, likely to be sometime in February, and now ITV has confirmed the transmission date of series three of Broadchurch, the crime drama that, back when it first started back in 2013, changed the nature of British crime drama. Inspired itself by the Scandinavian boom a few years earlier, Broadchurch took a leaf out of The Killing’s book and told the story behind the story, mixing gripping whodunit procedural with the heart-rending stories of the families of the missing and the deceased. So it’s with excitement and intrigue that we now mark our diaries for series three.
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.
Remember March 2013? That was when Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch took the country by storm, becoming arguably the crime drama that set off this huge deluge of quality stuff we’re seeing at the moment. That first series was truly something special, and even if the second series didn’t live up to the first, there was still David Tennant and Olivia Colman to enjoy. Chibnall will soon be off to helm Doctor Who, but first he’s giving us a third instalment of the crime drama and ITV has announced who will be starring in it.
Broadchurch, the hit British crime drama written and created by Chris Chibnall, is now over for another year, with people scratching their heads and digesting and ruminating on what happened and why it happened and why it happened the way it did. There will be another, third series along next year but over in The America, the Fox network decided it’d be a good idea to remake the series, using Chibnall’s skill to craft and American-friendly version of the tale and David Tennant’s acting chops to bring his fragile but obsessed character Alec Hardy to a US audience, calling himself Emmet Carver. (I would’ve liked for him to be called Emmet Carvery, but that sadly didn’t happen.) Unfortunately Gracepoint only lasted one series, but even though it’s all over for Carvery and co, we’re now getting to see it in the UK.