With many thanks to our friends from ITV1 we bring you the full details of David Tennant's exciting new drama series
EIGHT PART DRAMA BROADCHURCH STARRING DAVID TENNANT AND OLIVIA COLMAN COMMISSIONED BY ITV
Everything matters, now. Who did what, who was where. Everything connects..
A new eight part ITV
ensemble drama series, Broadchurch, led by David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Vicky McClure will explore what happens to a small
community when it suddenly becomes the focus of a major event and is subjected to the full glare of the media spotlight.
Produced by Kudos Film
and Television, Broadchurch features an amazing array of British acting talent including Jodie Whittaker as Beth, Andrew Buchan
as Mark, Will Mellor playing Stephen Turner and Arthur Darvill as the town priest Paul Coates.
Bloodied and dirty,
Danny Price has been found dead on an idyllic beach, surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face from where he may have fallen.
Whilst his death remains unresolved, the picturesque coastal town of Broadchurch is at the heart of a major police investigation
and a national media frenzy.
Written and created
by Chris Chibnall, whose previous work includes United, Torchwood, Law & Order: UK and Doctor Who, Broadchurch is a story
Chris has wanted to tell for some time.
focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm. In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents
of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion,”said Chris. “It’s
a story of scale and intimacy, as the lives of the characters are laid bare,” he added.
The sadness of losing
a child consumes Danny’s family, Beth and Mark Price (Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan), their daughter 15 year old
Lara and Beth’s mum, Liz as they attempt to cope with their grief. Understandably
they struggle to cope with the unwarranted attention heaped upon them. Devastated by
their loss, they struggle to relate to their friends, neighbours, the church, the press, and the police.
David Tennant takes
the role of DI Alec Hardy; an out-of-town, newly promoted police detective who takes the job local girl DS Ellie Miller (Olivia
Colman) believes should have been hers.
Ellie has to find reserves
of patience and toughness to negotiate a professional relationship with the difficult and unyielding Hardy. Yet as the drama
progresses, Hardy’s own secrets are laid bare.
Ellie is also emotionally
involved with this case. Ellie’s son Tom was the dead boy’s best friend
and she’s known Danny all his young life. How could she not be drawn in? But Hardy’s clinical methods force Ellie to see the community she grew up in through
a different prism.One by one the community of Broadchurch are drawn into
the police enquiry. Local hoteliers and business people are implicated as the effects of a death in the community begins to
impact on their hard-earned livelihoods. But can the town survive such a seismic shock during its economically crucial summer
months? As the case drags on, the whole town will come under pressure: personal, economic, professional and emotional.
Broadchurch has been
commissioned for ITV1 by drama commissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.
tells the story of a small community and the devastating emotional repercussions for everyone caught up in the mysterious
death of a young boy,” said Laura. “It’s not a ‘whodunit’or a traditional police drama. Chris Chibnall’s superb scripts have attracted a stellar cast,” she added.
James Strong (United, Downton Abbey, Silent Witness, Doctor Who) will direct the first two episodes and episodes seven and eight
of the series. Richard Stokes (Silk, Law &
Order: UK, Torchwood) will produce the drama and Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Life
on Mars, Law & Order: UK) will executive produce with Chris Chibnall.
The drama will be filmed
on location in Portishead near Bristol and Dorset and filming begins from mid August and will continue until the end of November.
proud to have cast an outstanding array of Britain’s finest performers to appear in Broadchurch,” said executive
producer Jane Featherstone. “The drama is a snapshot of modern Britain. Its community
represents a microcosm of life as we know it with the character of Ellie part of the fabric of Broadchurch. She’s lived amidst the people in this coastal town all her life so when the fabric begins to tear it’s
Ellie who will feel the impact the hardest,” added Jane.