First look at David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Julie Hesmondhalgh in the final series of Broadchurch

Chris Chibnall's long-awaited third series will see the detectives investigate a serious sexual assault

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The first image of David Tennant and Olivia Colman in the third and final series of Broadchurch has been revealed – and it’s getting us seriously excited for the return of the ITV crime drama. 

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Tennant and Colman look serious and stern as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, but they are joined by an intriguing third character: Julie Hesmondhalgh as Trish Winterman. It looks like this new addition to the cast could be a key character.

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We already knew that the former Corrie actress had been cast in series three, but her character was shrouded in mystery. 

The final series of incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch will see the detectives investigate a serious sexual assault and its consequences – as the drama’s Dorset community comes under scrutiny. 

Others joining the cast include A-Lister Lenny Henry, veteran star Roy Hudd, Murdered By My Boyfriend’s Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan also return to play grieving parents Beth and Mark Latimer, while Arthur Darvill will be back as local vicar Paul Coates. Carolyn Pickles will reprise her role as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson will return as Ellie’s son Tom. 

Before this, the only image we had was a behind-the-scenes shot of Colman and Tennant during filming.

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“This is the final chapter of Broadchurch,” Chibnall has said. 

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“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.”