The launch of ITV Encore marks the first time Broadchurch will be aired on UK TV since its dramatic series finale last April. But that’s not all… When the final episode is broadcast this Thursday (at 10:05pm), it will last 85 minutes – that’s an extra quarter of an hour (including ad breaks) of deleted and extended scenes that have never been aired on TV before, although it’s not yet clear what the footage will entail or whether it will follow on from the events of the finale.
First broadcast in March 2013, Broadchurch starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman as police duo DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, tasked with solving the murder of young Danny Latimer who was found dead on the local beach.
Over eight tense episodes, various members of the coastal town’s tight-knit community came under suspicion, including Danny’s parents (played by Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan). The series was lauded by critics and has already started scooping awards including a best actress Bafta for Colman last month.
Filming has just begun on a second series with Tennant and Colman reprising their roles along with Whittaker, Buchan, Arthur Darvill and new addition, Charlotte Rampling.