ITV has announced some new cast members and story synopsis for the third and final season of the award-winning drama Broadchurch, which resumes filming in Dorset this summer.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman will reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer.
They will be joined by Julie Hesmondhalgh (Happy Valley, Cucumber, Coronation Street), Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Sarah Parish (Cutting It, Mistresses, Atlantis), Charlie Higson (The Fast Show) and Mark Bazeley (Home Fires, The Body Farm) who all take roles in the eight-part series.
Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow) also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe 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. 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. The Shores (Dorset’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre) and Dorset Rape Crisis have supported and advised Chris Chibnall throughout writing the scripts for this series of Broadchurch.
“This is the final chapter of Broadchurch,” says writer/creators Chris Chibnall. “We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.”
“Broadchurch has been an important part of my life and I am so delighted and privileged to be working with Chris and the team again as we embark on the very final series,” says executive producer Jane Featherstone. “We will return to the town and characters we know so well as they find themselves caught up in a new and compelling story which will test the strength of the community and the people who live there, and will, I hope, be a fitting end to this trilogy.”
The series will be directed by Paul Andrew Williams (The Eichmann Show, Murdered By My Boyfriend), Daniel Nettheim (Doctor Who, Humans, Line Of Duty) and Lewis Arnold (Banana, Prey, Humans).
Filming will commence this summer in Bridport, West Bay and Clevedon, which have featured as locations in Broadchurch series one and two.