After eight tense weeks, viewers finally got #closure last night as Danny Latimer's killer was unveiled in the Broadchurch finale. However, there was barely time to come to terms with the resolution before a "very different" second series of the hit ITV drama was announced.
Although details of the story and returning cast are being kept firmly under wraps, the second series will "deliver surprises and scale" when it goes into production in 2014, ITV has confirmed.
"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," said series creator and writer Chris Chibnall. " I'm really thrilled we're going to tell that story too."
Starring an ensemble cast lead by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, Broadchurch follows a police investigation into the murder of a young boy, Danny Latimer, in a small picturesque Dorset town. From its launch on 4 March, the eight-part Monday night series, which also stars Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Vicky McClure and Arthur Darvill, has gripped the nation and attracted audiences over 9 million per episode.
“We’re delighted to be commissioning a second series of Broadchurch,” said ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham. “From the moment the murder scene was discovered, viewers became gripped by the series, and we’ve been genuinely thrilled by the audience response. David and Olivia’s performances and Chris’s cleverly crafted scripts have created a truly compelling drama.”
Executive producer, Jane Featherstone for Kudos Film and Television commented: “It’s such a privilege for Kudos to be able to work with Chris and ITV to bring the next chapter of Broadchurch to our screens. And although we’re giving nothing away right now, I can tell you it’s going to keep on delivering surprises and scale.”