How to talk about a new series while saying absolutely nothing, according to the Broadchurch cast

David Tennant and Olivia Colman give a masterclass in obfuscation...

Although we admire David Tennant, Olivia Colman and the rest of the Broadchurch cast for their acting talents, it’s their ability to fool an entire nation that we’re most impressed by. After months of press interviews about the second series of ITV’s smash-hit drama, the stars have kept the plot a secret by saying a lot of words that sound revealing but leave us none the wiser. 


Here are the Broadchurch cast demonstrating how to say nothing while appearing to do the opposite…

David Tennant: “The structure of the series being very different from the structure of the first series, it may not work in that way. In fact it’s true to say that some of the new cast are playing roles which occupy very different areas of the story.” 

“The story is structurally very different but is still absolutely in the world, tonally and emotionally. It’s still a thriller and, although it’s a slightly different flavour thriller, it will still force you to come back every week.”

“Series two is absolutely propelled by series one. But it doesn’t have the same kind of crime-procedural structure “


Jodie Whittaker: “It’s still very emotional, but it’s a different stage. Chris [Chibnall] is such a clever writer that he doesn’t repeat anything, but it’s certainly not like we’re fine now, the Latimer family is still very much in a sense of grief. It hasn’t necessarily moved forward, but it’s somewhere different.”

Chris Chibnall: ” It’s a very emotional story again. It’s not the same emotions.”

Ah, emotions. 

“It has a different shape and energy, a different rhythm. It’s a new story, and there’s a different engine under the bonnet this year.”

Olivia Colman: “Chris set up a lot of things we never even thought about in the first series and now they’ve come to the fore.”

But what things? 

Jodie Whittaker: “It’s about Broadchurch and that is a continued theme.”

“It hasn’t necessarily moved forward, but it’s somewhere different.”

Crystal clear.

New cast member Marianne Jean-Baptiste  sums it all up perfectly: “You think you know what you know but you don’t know anything….”


Broadchurch series two begins on Monday 5th January at 9:00pm on ITV