David Tennant, Olivia Colman & more for Broadchurch series 2

News Louisa Mellor 12 May 2014 - 09:44

It's official: Broadchurch's key cast members, from David Tennant to Jodie Whittaker, will be returning for series 2...

Olivia Colman's return as Ellie Miller for Broadchurch's second series has been out of the bag for months, but despite rumours, a question mark has hovered over whether David Tennant (who is also starring in US remake, Gracepoint) would be joining her by coming back for series two.

Not any more. It's been confirmed that Tennant will indeed be returning to the role of DI Alec Hardy for Broadchurch's second run, and he's not the only one. Joining Tennant and Colman will be series one regulars Arthur Darvill, Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan. Darvill is back playing trendy vicar Reverend Paul Coates, while Whittaker and Buchan will reprise their respective roles as Beth and Mark Latimer, the parents of murdered schoolboy Danny in the first series.

Aside from the returning cast, very little is known about Broadchurch's return to ITV. The secrecy that surrounded its final episodes has so far extended to its second series. All we know from ITV's director of drama, Steve November, is that "[Writer] Chris Chibnall has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series".

Which is all ticketyboo. Now all we need is confirmation that crossbow Nige is coming back too, and our day will have been made.

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Some sort of return to that case he never solved sketch...

I wonder if the second series will be the mystery of "who murdered DI Alec Hardy"...

Just a thought. ;)

Really enjoyed the first season, glad to hear it's coming back.

Great news. I loved the first season to bits and feel very confident season 2 will be smashing as well.

Definitely not. That's the stuff you see on drivel like csi. Broadchurch is a realistic show about actual problems in present day society. Not made up nonsense to increase the ratings.

Interesting to see where this goes given the fully rounded nature of the first series. It was so brilliant because it was a one off murder. If multiple murders start happening it runs the risk of going a bit midsommer and camping it up.

That's how they changed the lead actors in the recent series of Death in Paradise. I seriously doubt the show would want to be copying something like that.

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