- Character: DI Alec Hardy
- First Aired: Series 1, Episode 1 – 4th March 2013; Series 2, Episode 1 – 5th January 2015
- Channel: ITV (Series 1, 8 episodes; Series 2, 8 episodes)
- Production Company: Kudos TV (A Shine Group Company), Imaginary Friends
- Writer: Chris Chibnall
- Script Editor: Sam Hoyle
- Series 1 Directors:
- James Strong (Ep: 1,2, 7 & 8)
- Euros Lyn (Ep: 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Series 2 Directors:
- James Strong (Ep: 1 & 2)
- Jessica Hobbs, Jonathan Teplitzky, Mike Barker
- Producer: Richard Stokes
- Line Producer: Series 1: Catrin Lewis Defis; Series 2: Chris Ballantyne
- Director of Photography: Series 1: Matt Gray; Series 2: John Conroy
- Production Designer: S1: Catrin Meredydd; S2: Simon Rogers
- Make Up and Hair Design: Jo Williams
- Costume: Ray Holman
- Series 1: Mike Jones, Tim Porter, Serkan Nihat
- Series 2: Mike Jones, Ben Lester, Dom Strevens, Helen Chapman
- Composer: Ólafur Arnalds
- Casting Directors: Victor Jenkins, Kelly Valentine
- Costume: Ray Holman
- Executive Producers: Jane Featherstone, Chris Chibnall
Broadchurch is a two-series programme created, produced and written by Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, United, Law and Order UK, The Great Train Robbery). Series 1 of the show explores what happens to a small community in Dorset when it suddenly becomes the focus of a police investigation, following the tragic and mysterious death of an eleven-year-old boy under the glare of the media spotlight. At this time, the plot of Series 2 is unknown.
Both Series 1 and 2 star David Tennant and Olivia Coleman as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller. Alex Hardy is an out-of-town police detective who moved to Broadchuch in Series 1 to escape the mistakes made in his previous case. Ellie Miller is a local police detective who believes that the promotion should have been hers. Also included in the drama are the village vicar Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill), the murdered boys parents Mark and Beth Latimer (Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker), Broadchurch Echo reporters Olly Stevens (Jonathan Bailey) and Maggie Radcliffe (Carolyn Pickles).
The plot details for Series 2 are keep tightly under wraps. At this time, little is known on the new series.
Jane Featherstone, executive producer and chief executive of Kudos says: “We were so thrilled by the audience’s response to the first series and so it was our job to make sure that the second series offers something equally compelling and emotional, but we also felt it was important that it was in some ways unexpected and surprising and I think and hope that’s what the amazing team of brilliant people who make this show have achieved, with the unflinching support of ITV.”
Steve November, ITV Director of drama said: “It was hard to imagine how we could follow Broadchurch with anything half as enthralling, surprising and original, but Chris Chibnall, Jane Featherstone, all the team at Kudos and the amazing cast have done it! In series two, Chris’s scripts deliver riveting stories and heart‐breaking emotion, the performances from old cast and new are genuinely peerless and the direction from James Strong, Jessica Hobbs, Jonathan Teplitzky and Mike Barker is by turns cinematic and intimate. We are immensely proud of the new series and very grateful to everyone involved.”
Currently, Broadchurch Series 1 has been seen in over 135 territories across the world including: US, Canada, Australia, Africa, Russia, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands and China.
Broadchurch is executive produced by Chris Chibnall (The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone (Utopia, The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company. The Producer is Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK) who also produced the first series. James Strong, who directed five episodes of the first series, directs episodes one and two of this series.
- ITV’s highest rated drama of 2013
- The season 1 finale was watched by over 10 million and consistently delivered in excess of 9 million in primetime.
- Broadchurch is a multi-award winning drama including four BAFTA awards, two RTS awards and the prestigious international Peabody.
- Broadchurch was the UK’s highest rated new launch of 2013.
- ITV’s most tweeted about drama series since records began: 470,000 tweets.
- Over the final episode 260,000 tweets were sent, peaking at 8,942 per minute.
- In France, Broadchurch delivered an audience of 7.3 million viewers and a 27.5% market share, exceeding France2’s slot average by +64%.
- In Spain, Broadchurch launched with a debut audience of 3 million viewers and a 18.6% market share, +41% higher than Antena 3’s primetime average.
- In Sweden, Broadchurch gained an audience of over 1 million viewers on TV4, +39% higher than the broadcaster’s primetime average.
Broadchurch was commissioned for ITV by drama commissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.
For more information on the programme, there are other dedicated pages on the both series.