Filming underway on final Broadchurch

Olivia Colman & David Tennant begin work on a final chapter of UK thriller, joined by Lenny Henry.


Filming is now underway in Dorset and Somerset on the third and final season of Broadchurch.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer, respectively. Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe, Charlotte Beaumont as Mark and Beth’s daughter Chloe, and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

Joining the cast is Lenny Henry plus Roy Hudd, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley.

Creator Chris Chibnall, who co-produces with Jane Featherstone, said, “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.”

As previously reported, the new series sees Miller and Hardy investigating 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.

ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea said, “Broadchurch is as ever stylishly written, provocative and thought provoking. We’re pleased with the direction Chris and Jane have taken this series and the extraordinary cast they’ve assembled.”

The series will be directed by Paul Andrew Williams, Lewis Arnold and Aussie Daniel Nettheim.

It will air later this year on ABC.

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    1. First series was ok, second was dire, third has no interest for me. The second really annoyed me because the writing and acting was rubbish and couldn’t finish it which is a pity as I really like Olivia Colman. Wish ABC showed more of the really good British stuff they get on Foxtel/BBC First which you hear about all of the time. This year has been a bumper year for tele over there with War and Peace, Line of Duty, Happy Valley and the Night Manager all being hailed as some of the best run of drama in decades. They’ve been on Foxtel but who knows when they might show up anywhere else. The second series of the Hollow Crown just ended too with Benedict Cumberbatch giving what is supposed to be one of the greatest ever Shakespearean performances for television. I am getting that on DVD as I doubt it will ever show up. Why have second rate stuff on ABC like Broadchurch, when we miss out…

      1. I think british stuff is more assessable than us stuff. I mean war and peace finished in february (i watched it on the fetch box and its ok) and my library had the dvd around april, sherlock premiered on stan in january and my library had the dvd around march (i only watched about half an hour i didnt like it) and doesnt bbc have some kind of deal with the abc that stuff ends up on abc around 12 months after premiering on bbc 1st (correct me if im wrong) so there is still the option of free to air eventually. Whereas US shows that premier on foxtel don’t end up on free to air, take much longer to end up on streaming services and the library takes much longer to get copies of the dvd and its much harder to binge watch in the loan period because they are much longer seasons.

      2. Netflix has two seasons of line of duty available. Its in my watch list but I haven’t tried it cause I’m not big on british. I just did a search on just watch and it also says stan has the first two seasons as well. So 2 streaming services have access to the same british show. You wouldnt find that with a US show unfortunately.

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