Chris Chibnall isn't nervous about Broadchurch follow-up

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 May 2013
Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch

Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch

Chris Chibnall insists he doesn't feel any pressure writing the second series of 'Broadchurch' and is confident he can make another show the public likes

Chris Chibnall doesn't feel under pressure writing the next series of 'Broadchurch'.

The writer-and-producer accepts expectations will be high for the follow-up to the hugely popular murder mystery series - which starred David Tennant and Olivia Colman - but he insists the success of the first series is a good thing because he knows people are hooked into the story and will want to watch.

He told BANG Showbiz: "I'm not feeling any pressure, because we told the story we wanted to tell in the first one before all the hoopla happened, I feel it will be the same for the second one, I've known all along what the story for the second one is, I had hoped we'd get the opportunity to tell it and now we're going to ... I've felt like an observer to the reaction and success of 'Broadchurch', in a way my job is just to do the same thing again which is to sit on my computer and write and research and plot with the same people I worked with on the first one ... Rather than pressure I feel really, really excited and motivated and inspired. I'm excited that people will want to know what the next 'Broadchurch' story is. It's exciting; I think I'd be more more worried if it had flopped and nobody cared. I'd be saying, 'I've got a great second story but nobody wants to hear it!''

Chris is remaining tight-lipped on the possible plot for the second series and insists claims it will focus on the aftermath of the murder of schoolboy character Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara) - who was eventually revealed to have been killed by Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle) - are not necessarily true.

He explained: "I haven't mentioned anything some people have made up quotes! I haven't said anything about what it is, I've said it's a very different story to tell but I haven't said anything about where we're going with it. I'm not going to start talking about it now, because it's so far away, we've only just finished the first one."

Before he throws himself completely into the next 'Broadchurch', Chris - whose TV credits also include 'Doctor Who' and 'Law & Order: UK' - is going to have a well-deserved vacation.

He said: "I'm still yet to have holiday after the first one so I'm not going to start talking about the second one. I just want to go on a little family holiday somewhere in the sunshine. Now feels about the right time."

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