Broadchurch series two not a whodunit

David Tennant and Olivia Colman

Olivia Coleman and David Tennant in 'Broadchurch'

The upcoming second series of 'Broadchurch' will not be another whodunit according to writer Chris Chibnall, who promised fans the show would not turn into 'Midsomer Murders'.

The new series of 'Broadchurch' will not be a whodunit, according to writer Chris Chibnall.

The 43-year-old TV writer has revealed the upcoming second series of the ITV drama will not be a murder mystery that kicks off with a body being found as he wanted to maintain the idea that the murder of a child "never happens" in the Dorset town where the show is set.

He said: "I will not betray that. That's always been my pact with the viewer - this [murder] is an unusual event that has massive repercussions.

"People have said, 'Don't turn it into 'Midsomer Murders' in 'Broadchurch'. We have nodded in that direction. It's not Midsomer in Broadchurch."

The highly anticipated second series sees the return of Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Coleman), but will have a different "feel" to the first instalment with "grief" not being the "driving emotion", Chibnall explains.

Speaking about the way in which the show has evolved, David told Radio Times magazine: "We're back in the same situation, though it's a different sort of suspense this time ... Of course, the murder of a child is the most appalling thing humanity can do ... [the new series is] differently bad."

The former 'Doctor Who' star added that he's worried about giving away too much detail before the second series kicks off on January 5, explaining: "I worry about saying something out of line, or puncturing a balloon."


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