The first season followed the investigation into a young boy’s murder in a small, close-knit town. Alec Hardy was a recent arrival to the community and led the inquiry with local detective Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). It was eventually revealed that Miller’s own husband, Joe, was the culprit, but Joe’s legal defense sowed doubt in the jury in season two, leading to his shocking acquittal. Now the new season promises a case that “resurrects the past and awaken fear.”
“Broadchurch” won three BAFTA Awards in 2014, including Best Drama Series and Best Actress for Colman. It also earned Colman an International Emmy nomination for Best Actress and picked up a Peabody Award for good measure. Since then Colman’s profile has risen in the US: she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role as an intelligence agent in the miniseries “The Night Manager.”
Chris Chibnall created “Broadchurch,” and he’ll be following this by taking over as the showrunner of a markedly different British series, “Doctor Who,” which Tennant formerly starred in. Chibnall has already written several episodes of “Doctor Who” in recent years and will be taking over full-time once Steven Moffat exits the series after the current season.
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