Thursday, October 19, 2017

Broadchurch Series 1 & 2

  • 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
  • Editors:
    • 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.

Broadchurch - Full Cast
Broadchurch Series 1 – Full Cast
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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 kept 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.”

Broadchurch - Series 2 - (c) ITV/Kudos
Broadchurch Series 2 – Full Cast

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  an  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  prime-time 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.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman - Broadchurch Series 2