ITV orders second series of Broadchurch

ITV has ordered a new series of its hit mystery crime drama 'Broadchurch', starring David Tennant, following the ratings success of the first series

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David Tennant and Olivia Colman in Broadchurch

Broadchurch

ITV has ordered a second series of 'Broadchurch'.

The mystery crime drama - which stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman - has been recommissioned following the success of the first series, which ended last night (22.04.13) with the resolution of schoolboy Danny Latimer's murder.

The show's creator and writer Chris Chibnall said: "The whole 'Broadchurch' team has been delighted and properly gobsmacked by the response from ITV viewers. When I first talked to Peter Fincham and Laura Mackie, ITV's director of drama about 'Broadchurch', I mentioned that if people liked it, there was another very different story we could tell afterwards. I'm really thrilled we're going to tell that story too."

ITV's director of television Peter Fincham added: "We're delighted to be commissioning a second series of 'Broadchurch'. From the moment the murder scene was discovered, viewers became gripped by the series, and we've been genuinely thrilled by the audience response. David and Olivia's performances and Chris's cleverly crafted scripts have created a truly compelling drama."

Plot details for the new series, as well as which characters will return, are being kept under wraps, but production will begin next year.

The eight-part drama has been a ratings hit for ITV, averaging nine million viewers on a weekly basis.

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