Series one captivated the nation and garnered three Baftas – now its creator Chris Chibnall is once again eating, sleeping and breathing Broadchurch as he oversees the much-anticipated second series on whiteboards in an office in his Dorset garden. “You have to be very methodical. It’s like a mathematical puzzle where you put all these blocks together and move them around for the most satisfying thing.”
The recommission was announced during the closing credits of last year’s finale, with the return of David Tennant and Olivia Colman confirmed earlier this year, joined by newcomers Charlotte Rampling and James D’Arcy.
Chibnall has always claimed there was a “very different story” he wanted to tell, but remains tight-lipped on just what that might be. “We’re very stricty. I’d love people to know as little as possible about it when it airs on ITV. I want you to follow the story when I’m telling it, not before.”
One rare exception to the rule is a hint he’s hidden in a new novel, written by Erin Kelly and based upon the events of series one. “About three days before we went to press, Chris put in one tiny little clue about something that happens in series two,” reveals Kelly. “It’s something only the die-hards will pick up on, but there’s one line quite early in the book that won’t make sense to anybody.”