David Tennant And Chris Chibnall Talk Broadchurch With Entertainment Weekly

Broadchurch star David Tennant and the show's creator Chris Chibnall have been talking to Entertainment Weekly about the crime drama series which begins tonight on BBC America. When the series screened in the UK earlier this year it had millions of viewers gripped and the question of who killed young Danny Latimer was a national talking point. The series finale was watched by 10 million viewers and was the most tweeted about drama ever in the UK. 

Chris Chibnall confesses that having a powerful cast was important for the series and took his lead from ITV's other great drama success story, Downton Abbey. "What the U.S. audience won’t necessarily get is that pretty much the top ten lead actors in our show could be the lead in their own show in the U.K." he explained.

Famously, the big reveal was kept a secret from the cast and crew throughout filming and was only made available on a need-to-know basis when the final scripts were distributed. “It was all very top secret and at times rather ludicrously protected,” said David, “But it worked.”. He is equally in the dark about the second series of the show, currently in development, and claims to be unable to reveal whether he is even involved in the new series. “I’m giving nothing away. Even if I did know if I was returning it would be above my pay grade to admit it,” he said. 

There’s more about Broadchurch in the new Fall Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly

Watch episode 1 of Broadchurch on BBC America tonight at 10pm/9c

Broadchurch  is an eight-part series exploring the aftermath of the murder of a young boy in a small coastal town. David Tennant and Olivia Colman star as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, the police detectives leading the investigation into the killing who have to keep the investigation on track as the press close, suspicions run high and everyone in town is a possible suspect. Arthur Darvill, David Bradley, Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker are also among the stellar ensemble cast.

Find out more about the series here - please be aware that some of the articles contain spoilers.