BROADCHURCH: No Romance For Hardy & Miller Says Executive Producer

*Warning - Possible plot spoilers*

Broadchurch executive producer Jane Featherstone has made it clear that the series' protagonists Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller are in no way romantically linked and, as far as she is aware, there are no plans for them to get together in the future.

Talking to Yahoo! TV as part of their Broadchurch postmortem series, Jane addressed the issue of sexual tension between the characters, played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, that many fans of the show claim that they have spotted.  

"Well, I don’t think there's any tension between them at all, and that's good and just as it should be, from mine and Chris [Chibnall]'s point of view," she said "I think that maybe there is charisma tension between them — there’s character tension, I think — but I don’t think there's any sexual tension. And actually, there was an awful lot before Season 2 went out here [in the U.K.] about, "Oh, God, will they get Hardy and Ellie together?" And I think you can’t help watching dramas with a male and female lead like that, who have this connection somehow, and anticipating or thinking will that happen? But actually, I think we will never go there with that, and it's better not to I think. But, it's fine if you think that and think, "In another life, could these two have ever…" Who knows, you know? But actually, I think it was never our intention to try and make the audience really think there was any genuine sexual tension between them."

The possibility of a relationship between the characters also raised its head during series two as they were accused of having an affair. Jane reveals that this twist was set up by writer Chris in the first series after Ellie visited Hardy in his hotel room in the final episode.

"It’s a seed that was planted. We probably didn't know exactly how [Chris] would use it, but you know, there was no question that leaving those two in a hotel room together — which is also one of my favourite scenes, actually — might be a useful thing to do," she explained.
Read the full interview here

Broadchurch series 2 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. It has also been released in a box set together with series 1.