The third and final series of Broadchurch will be a stand alone story says actress Charlotte Beaumont, who plays Chloe Latimer in the drama.
Speaking to The Hollywood News Charlotte revealed "The aim is to make it the best one yet and a real standalone piece. You don’t necessarily have to have seen the first two. Obviously my family is in it and you see what happened to them, but it’s set a little later on."
Series 3 will see David Tennant and Olivia Colman returning to the roles of Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller for one last time This time they'll be investigating a serious sexual assault in a storyline that has seen series creator Chris Chibnall working closely with specialist police advisors and local support organisations who deal with the victims of sexual violence.
Talking about the hard hitting plot Charlotte continued:
" I think it’s a really important subject matter to talk about. It’s about sexual assault this time and that’s so romanticised in a lot of things, not everything, but in a lot of things it is. I just think that this will delve into the real effects of that on everyone. It’s hopefully going to be really special, fingers crossed."
Filming is still underway with scenes being shot in Clevedon this week. Another new cast member has also been revealed, as former Brookside and Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker has been spotted on set with series regular Jodie Whittaker.
There will be a host of new faces in the series, including Sarah Parish, Lenny Henry and Julie Hesmondhalgh.
Broadchurch is expected to return to ITV in the UK in early 2017.