David Tennant leads Broadchurch cast

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David Tennant, Arthur Darvill, Will Mellor and Olivia Colman are among the stars of forthcoming ITV drama series 'Broadchurch'.

David Tennant is leading the cast of a new crime drama.

The former 'Doctor Who' actor will play a detective in ITV'1 'Broadchurch', an eight-part series about the death of a young boy in a seaside town.

Joining him in the cast is Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure, Will Mellor and another 'Doctor Who' star, Arthur Darvill - who plays current companion Rory Williams.

David plays out-of-town officer Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, who is set to clash with a local policewoman, played by 'Peep Show' actress Olivia.

'Doctor Who' and 'Torchwood' writer Chris Chibnall has penned the script and calls it a story of "scale and intimacy" in which the characters' lives are "laid bare".

He added: "Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm.

"In the wake of one boy's death, the residents come under scrutiny and suspicion."

Laura Mackie, of ITV1's drama commissioning team, said: "'Broadchurch' tells the story of a small community and the devastating emotional repercussions for everyone caught up in the mysterious death of a young boy.

"It's not a 'whodunit' or a traditional police drama. Chris Chibnall's superb scripts have attracted a stellar cast."

The show will be filmed on location in Dorset and Portishead later between August and November.

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