Broadchurch: More Cast And Story Information Revealed

The ITV Press Office have released cast and storyline information about their new eight part crime drama Broadchurch. The series, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman begins on ITV in late February or March - exact broadcast details have yet to be announced. Read more below:


Broadchurch is a new drama series by Kudos Film and Television for ITV. The star-studded cast includes David Tennant, Olivia Colman,  Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker, Vicky McClure, Pauline Quirke and Arthur Darvill.

Broadchurch is written and created by Chris Chibnall (United, Law and Order: UK) and explores what happens to a small community in Dorset when it suddenly becomes the focus of a police investigation, following the tragic and mysterious death of an eleven year old boy under the glare of the media spotlight.

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

The sadness of losing a child consumes the family, Beth and Mark Latimer (Jodie Whittaker and Andrew  Buchan), their daughter 15 year old Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont) and Beth’s mum Liz (Susan Brown)  as they attempt to cope with their grief, everyday normal life and the abruptness of the unwarranted  attention    heaped upon them. Devastated  by their loss, it’s the most stressful and emotional time in their lives as they struggle to relate to  their friends, neighbours, the church, the press, and the police.
David Tennant takes the role of  DI Alec Hardy; an out-of-town, newly promoted police detective who takes the job local girl DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) believes should have been hers
Ellie has to find reserves of patience and toughness to negotiate a professional relationship with the difficult and unyielding Hardy. Yet as the drama progresses, Hardy’s own secrets are laid bare.                 

Ellie is also emotionally involved with this case.  Ellie’s son Tom  (Adam  Wilson) was the dead boy’s best friend and she’s known Danny all his young life. How could she not be drawn in? But Hardy’s clinical   methods force Ellie to see the community she grew up in through a different prism.

One by one the community of Broadchurch are drawn into the police enquiry. The village vicar Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill) tries to offer his support, but with press snooping, Broadchurch Echo junior reporter Olly Stevens (Jonathan Bailey) and editor Maggie Radcliffe (Carolyn Pickles), and particularly national newspaper journalist Karen White (Vicky McClure) who has come to Broadchurch with a special interest     in DI Hardy, everyone is ill at ease. Hotelier Becca Fisher (Simone McAullay) and local business people are implicated as the effects of a death in the community begins to impact on their hard-earned livelihoods. Telephone engineer Steve Connelly (Will Mellor) finds himself in deep when he admits he has a special connection to the case.

Pauline Quirke takes the role of Susan Wright, a suspicious and scruffy character who appears  to observe the goings on in Broadchurch from afar. Susan lives in the local caravan park and has a lonely existence. There’s a sense she’s hiding something, but what could she possibly know about Danny’s demise?


DI  Alec  Hardy - David Tennant
DS Ellie Miller - Olivia Colman
Mark Latimer - Andrew Buchan
Beth Latimer - JodieWhittaker
Karen White  - Vicky McClure
Rev. Paul Coates - Arthur Darvill
Susan Wright - Pauline Quirke
Steve  Connelly - Will Mellor
Maggie Radcliffe - Carolyn Pickles
Joe Miller - Matthew Gravelle
Becca Fisher - Simone McAullay
Olly Stevens - Jonathan Bailey
Danny Latimer - Oskar McNamara
Chloe Latimer - Charlotte Beaumont
Liz Roper - Susan Brown
Tom Miller - AdamWilson
Nige Carter - Joe Sims
Jack Marshall - David  Bradley
Dean Thomas - Jacob Anderson

Broadchurch was commissioned for ITV by drama commissioning team, Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes.

James Strong (United, Downton Abbey, Silent Witness,  Doctor Who) and Euros Lyn (Torchwood, Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, Sherlock) direct the series. Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK, Torchwood) is the producer. Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Life On Mars, Law & Order:  UK) and Chris Chibnall are the executive producers.

Kudos Film and Television is the UK's most successful and original producer of popular, award-winning  scripted television, supplying broadcasters domestically and internationally. Shows include the era-defining Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes; successful, returning series The Hour, Law & Order: UK and M.I. High and critically acclaimed mini-series and single films such as Occupation and We'll Take Manhattan. Current and forthcoming productions include Utopia (written by Dennis Kelly for Channel 4), Sky One's The Smoke (Lucy Kirkwood) and the Ben Court and Caroline Ip-penned Mayday (BBC One). In 2007, 2010 & 2011 Kudos was voted the UK's most admired independent production company by its peers in Broadcast magazine.  Formed in 1992, it has been part of the Shine Group since 2007.

Thanks to the ITV Press Centre. The full press pack is available for download here.