David Tennant Confirmed For Broadchurch: Cast And Plot Details

David Tennant has been confirmed as the star of the new eight-part ITV drama Broadchurch. The cast and plot details have been posted by media website Unreality TV and confirmed via Twitter by writer Chris Chibnall and producer Richard Stokes.

The brilliant cast is packed with some top acting talent: alongside David the drama features Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure, Arthur Darvill, Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker and Will Mellor.

From Unreality TV:

Bloodied and dirty, Danny Price has been found dead on an idyllic beach, surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face from where he may have fallen. Whilst his death remains unresolved, the picturesque coastal town of Broadchurch is at the heart of a major police investigation and a national media frenzy.

Written and created by Chris Chibnall, whose previous work includes United, Torchwood, Law & Order: UK and Doctor Who, Broadchurch is a story Chris has wanted to tell for some time.
“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 of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion,” said Chris. “It’s a story of scale and intimacy, as the lives of the characters are laid bare,” he added.

David Tennant stars as the newly promoted DI Alec Hardy, who, newly arrived in the community, finds himself clashing with local colleague DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) who had hoped that the job would come to her. The case, and their struggle to maintain a professional relationship, causes Ellie, who is emotionally involved in the case through her own son's friendship with the dead boy, to start to scrutinise her community through a different prism. At the same time, Hardy's own secrets are laid bare.

The sadness of losing a child consumes Danny’s family, Beth and Mark Price (Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan), their daughter 15 year old Lara and Beth’s mum, Liz as they attempt to cope with their grief. Understandably they struggle to cope with the unwarranted attention heaped upon them. Devastated by their loss, they struggle to relate to their friends, neighbours, the church, the press, and the police.

One by one the community of Broadchurch are drawn into the police enquiry. Local hoteliers and business people are implicated as the effects of a death in the community begins to impact on their hard-earned livelihoods. But can the town survive such a seismic shock during its economically crucial summer months? As the case drags on, the whole town will come under pressure: personal, economic, professional and emotional.

Broadchurch has been commissioned for ITV1 by drama commissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.

“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,” said Laura. “It’s not a ‘whodunit’ or a traditional police drama. Chris Chibnall’s superb scripts have attracted a stellar cast,” she added.
James Strong (United, Downton Abbey, Silent Witness, Doctor Who) will direct the first two episodes and episodes seven and eight of the series. Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK, Torchwood) will produce the drama and Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Life on Mars, Law & Order: UK) will executive produce with Chris Chibnall.

The drama will be filmed on location in Portishead near Bristol and Dorset between mid-August and the end of November

“We’re proud to have cast an outstanding array of Britain’s finest performers to appear in Broadchurch,” said executive producer Jane Featherstone. “The drama is a snapshot of modern Britain. Its community represents a microcosm of life as we know it with the character of Ellie part of the fabric of Broadchurch. She’s lived amidst the people in this coastal town all her life so when the fabric begins to tear it’s Ellie who will feel the impact the hardest,” added Jane.