‘Broadchurch’ Series 2 Announced

The 8-part mini-series Broadchurch, which stars former ‘Doctor Who’ alum David Tennant and actress Olivia Colman (‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘The Iron Lady’) as police detectives who investigate the death of an eleven-year-old boy on a beach in Dorset (England), has already aired in the UK and will be returning for a second season as recently announced.

In the UK, the mini-series earned more than 9 million viewers during its airing, making it the highest weekday launch of a new drama across all broadcasters since the debut of the series ‘Whitechapel’ back in January of 2009. ‘Broadchurch’ is now only one of three dramas that have earned that ratings plateau (or higher) since 2002.

The mini-series, produced by Kudos Film and Television and Imaginary Friends Productions, was written and created by Chris Chibnall and included among its cast Jodie Whittaker (‘One Day), Andrew Buchan (‘Nowhere Boy’), Arthur Darvill (‘Doctor Who’) and Pauline Quirke (‘Emmerdale’) [among others].

Chibnall had this to say about the renewal, “The whole Broadchurch team has been delighted and properly gobsmacked by the response from ITV (the European channel on which the mini-series airs) viewers. When I first talked to Peter Fincham and Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama about Broadchurch, I mentioned that if people liked it, there was another very different story we could tell afterwards. I’m really thrilled we’re going to tell that story too”.

‘Broadchurch’ has yet to air here in the States, but it is on the schedule for later this year on BBC America, giving the US viewers even more to look forward to with the renewal announcement.