David Tennant to star alongside Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill in ITV drama Broadchurch

New eight-part series to be penned by Chris Chibnall and will begin filming in August


David Tennant is to star in ITV1 drama Broadchurch, a new eight-part series penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.


Produced by Kudos Film and Television, the production company behind Spooks and Life on Mars, Broadchurch 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. 

Tennant will play DI Alec Hardy, a newly promoted police detective who arrives in the town following the death of a young boy. However, local resident DS Ellie Miller (Rev star Olivia Colman) believes the case should have been hers and has to find reserves of patience to negotiate a professional relationship with the tough and unyielding Hardy. 

Vicky McClure, who recently starred with Tenannt in BBC1 drama True Love, will also feature, alongside Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Will Mellor and departing Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill, who will play town priest Paul Coates. 

“Broadchurch 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 Chibnall.  “It’s a story of scale and intimacy, as the lives of the characters are laid bare.” 

Broadchurch has been commissioned for ITV1 by drama commissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes. 

“Broadchurch 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 Mackie. “It’s not a ‘whodunit’ or a traditional police drama. Chris Chibnall’s superb scripts have attracted a stellar cast,” she added. 


The drama will be filmed on location in Portishead near Bristol and Dorset, with filming beginning from mid August and continuing through until the end of November.