Broadchurch 3 Ends On A Perfect Note, Says David Tennant

David Tennant says that fans will not be left disappointed by the third and final series of Broadchurch which is due to launch on ITV next month. Speaking at a launch event for the new series earlier this evening he said, "You don't want to give anything away, but I think [the ending] strikes the perfect note."

He added, "Certainly in the case of my character and Olivia's character. It leaves them exactly where you’d expect them to be left. I had a myriad feelings about it."

The new series sees the return of troubled detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, reunited to investigate a serious sexual assault experienced by Trish Winterman, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh. Tonight's event was attended by David and Julie alongside series creator and new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall and producer Jane Featherstone. 

Read some of the comments from the panel below:

On the characters
David (on Hardy and Miller): "[They're like] a cranky old married couple. They are both damaged individuals, for different reasons, who don’t have many friends and need each other. It’s nice to find them in a different stage of their lives." 
David added that Hardy and Miller would not be getting together romantically: "Have you seen the series? That’s not their bag I don’t think."

Julie (on Trish): "She’s an ordinary looking middle-aged woman, which was interesting. Not your usual young girl being chased through the woods. I think that in itself is quite an interesting take on it."

On the rape storyline
David:  "Chris told us quite early on that that was his intention [to do the that storyline] and it made sense that there couldn’t be another body on another beach. That wouldn’t have had the kind of truthfulness you expect from this series."

Chris: “Broadchurch has always been about the emotional aftermath of crime. I think there’s a sense of a story ending by going back to the beginning.”
Why he feels it's the right time to tell this story:
"In the crime statistics alone there has been… an increase in reports of serious sexual assaults in this country and the dissonance between the number of crimes being reported and the number of crimes going to court and the number of guilty verdicts. This is all part of the mix. Plus, the general mood of the nation around these issues compared with five or ten years ago."

Julie: "This isn’t an act of sex or desire, it’s an act of violence and it happens to all people: men, women and children and all different kinds of people. There’s been a lot of discussion...about the televising of sexual violence and the way that has almost become normalised unfortunately, and putting your face to that is something I really had to think about."

On live viewing vs. catch up
Chris: "The aim is to get the show to the audience so that everyone experiences it together. The hardest thing, in this day and age, is the communal viewing experience. It’s a live viewing experience, so turn up on the night."

On the future of Broadchurch
Chris: “I have got another job!” and to avoid revealing a potential spoiler, “I don’t want to give anything away about the ending,”

Broadchurch series 3 sees returning cast members Arthur Darvill, Jodie Whittaker and Arthur Buchan joined by newcomers Sir Lenny Henry, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Roy Hudd. The show is expected to return on 27th February.


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