Broadchurch is back – for one final series on ITV.
The compelling crime drama returns to our screens this week, as Hardy and Miller reunite to take on a case of sexual assault in the small Dorset community.
The show’s producers say, “Broadchurch's final chapter looks at the emotional cost to all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships”.
Based on a year of research with organisations who work with victims of sexual assault, the series is once more written by Chris Chibnall, who has gone on to replace Steven Moffat as the head writer for BBC1's Doctor Who.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman return as DI Alex Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, while Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan are back as Beth and Mark Latimer. Arthur Darvill also returns as local vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie's son Tom. Here are introductions to some of the actors who will be appearing.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman – DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller
Hardy and Miller need no introduction to fans of the series as they return to our screens for a final time – and Tennant admits he will miss it when it ends.
"It is sad to think we will never return to this world and to these characters because I feel so fondly towards them but I will always feel proud to be associated with this show," he says.
So what has happened to his character? "It's a few years down the line [from season two] and some stuff has happened in the interim which we will find out as the series unfolds,” he says.
“[Hardy] has found his way back to Broadchurch and has found his way to be working with Ellie again - and although he is never entirely happy with his lot he realises that this is probably where he is meant to be, and that Ellie is the closest thing he has to a best friend.”
Meanwhile, Ellie’s mother has passed away, so her dad is now living with her along with her teenage son.
“I think she is finding family quite annoying,” says Colman. “She is on her own so her dad’s help is great but her son… it’s not easy at the best of times for a teenager but he knows what his dad was put away for, so it's pretty hard and he is becoming a bit of a pain in the backside.”
Colman is also keen to explain that the subject matter of this series is one that is very important to her.
"I had done some research previously for other jobs and I feel quite passionate about Refuge, [the charity which helps victims of] domestic violence against women and children, and Tender, which is the charity that hopes to teach people when they are young how to avoid situations when they get older.
"I’m really pleased to be a part of this story and it’s amazing how people don’t know how common this is. People need to know, I think."
Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan - Beth and Mark Latimer
Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker return as the parents of murdered schoolboy Danny Latimer. They are now separated and Jodie is working as a crisis worker and is attached to the case of Trish Winterman in episode one.
Beth Latimer is attempting to move on with her life, and hopes she has found new purpose, in a job which puts her own harrowing experience to good use. Beth’s trying to help other people, but still struggling to keep her own family on the right track.
Mark Latimer, unlike Beth, he has not been able to move on. He’s still haunted by the lack of justice for Danny’s murder, and whether or not there was more he could have done. Can a man haunted by the events of his past find how to live in the present?
Lenny Henry - Ed Burnett
Ed runs the local farm shop. He’s a quiet, solitary man who has been in Broadchurch for 12 years since the death of his wife. Ed is a bit stubborn and obdurate – a man more tolerated than liked. But what’s going on beneath the surface of his seemingly calm exterior?
Sir Lenny Henry has been a familiar face to British TV audiences for over 40 years, first appearing as an impressionist and comedian on ITV’s New Faces in 1975. He was knighted in the Queen's 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity, and won a BAFTA Special Award the following year.
Talking about his character, Henry says: "Ed Burnett is a widower who runs the farm shop and I think he is pretty much the only black guy within a 40-mile radius... He doesn’t take any crap from anybody and he is not scared to stick up for himself. So Ed is very much the man who calls it when he sees it. He likes his staff but he works them pretty hard. He is a good boss but a strict boss."
Julie Hesmondhalgh - Trish Winterman
Trish is the victim of sexual assault. A farm shop worker, with a daughter and a recently estranged husband, she now has to find a way to put her life back together. In doing so she will discover a great deal about herself, and the people in the town around her.
Julie Hesmondhalgh remains best known for her portrayal of Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, which garnered wins at the National Television Awards and the British Soap Awards in 2014.
Describing her character Trish, Hesmondhalgh says: "She is a very ordinary woman, she has been married for quite a long time to Ian (Charlie Higson) who is a teacher and in the last 12 months he had an affair with a younger teacher at school and when she found out she kicked him out.
Georgina Campbell - DC Katie Harford
Katie is a young, ambitious Detective Constable in the Broadchurch CID. Opinionated and over-confident in a way that only a young officer can be, she clashes with Ellie and Hardy as they investigate a case that needs a sensitive approach.
Georgina Campbell starred in Murdered by My Boyfriend for BBC Three in 2014, for which she won a BAFTA award the following year. She also appeared in the Sky 1 comedy After Hours, penned by The Royle Family’s Craig Cash, and in the BBC drama One of Us with Juliet Stevenson in 2016.
Campbell was delighted to be cast in Broadchurch, saying: "It is such a prestigious show and one on which, having watched the first two series, I got completely hooked. I was over the moon when I found out I'd got the role but it was quite daunting to begin with – [but it’s] fantastic to get the chance to work with amazing actors at the top of their game.”
Charlie Higson and Hannah Millward - Ian Winterman and Leah Winterman
Ian left his wife Trish six months ago for another woman, and the wounds of this are still to heal - not just between Ian and Trish, but also with his daughter, Leah. Ian must now navigate his new relationship, and the impact of the attack on Trish.
Charlie Higson is still probably best known for his work as a performer on the award-winning sketch series The Fast Show with Paul Whitehouse and Caroline Aherne. He also appeared regularly in Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul with Whitehouse and Harry Enfield.
Mark Bazeley - Jim Atwood
Jim Atwood runs the local garage. A self-made man in his 40’s, still attractive – but he hasn’t quite got the pulling power and sparkle he used to have as a younger man. Life and work have taken their toll.
He one of the main suspects in the case after episode one, following the reveal that has condoms in his car that match the wrappers found near the crime scene.
Sarah Parish - Cath Atwood
Cath is Trish’s best friend and a ‘face’ around Broadchurch – popular, outgoing, life and soul of the party. Married to Jim (Mark Bazeley) for 30 years, high school sweethearts who are still together. But just how perfect is the marriage of the town’s perfect couple?
Sarah Parish has been a regular on British TV screens for nearly 20 years, first becoming prominent as Dawn Rudge in ITV’s Peak Practice. Since 2015 she has appeared as Cheryl Fairweather in the Sky sitcom Trollied.
She says: "[Cath] was one of those girls who looked like she had an awful lot going for her when she was younger and it turns out that she stayed in the same town, married the local jock as expected but things haven’t quite gone the way she would have liked them to.
“Cath and Trish have been friends for a very long time and they get on very well. But underneath Cath thinks that she is a bit better than Trish.”
Adam Wilson - Tom Miller
Returning for the third series, Tom Miller is Ellie's troubled son. He is caught in episode one sharing porn links around school and is suspended for a week.
His mother is furious and fears that he is becoming "his father's son".
Hannah Rae - Daisy Hardy
It is not known yet why Alec Hardy decided to remain in Broadchurch after season two, but his daughter has joined him in the village. She was seen in episode one heading off to a party with her friends, so she's clearly been in the area for a while.
Hardy is very protective of Daisy and is concerned that a sexual predator may be living the area.
Roy Hudd - David Barrett
Also joining the Broadchurch cast as a character called David Barnett is Roy Hudd, who has been entertaining audiences for over 55 years as a writer, performer and broadcaster, primarily on radio and on the stage, and as an author and expert on British Music Hall.
He has appeared in numerous film and television roles, including in acclaimed drama Lipstick on Your Collar, as a regular in Coronation Street , and in episodes of series as diverse as New Tricks, Ashes to Ashes, Casualty and Call the Midwife.
Hudd's character is Ellie Miller's father, who has moved in with his daughter, much to her frustration.
Chris Mason as Leo Humphries
Very little has been revealed about the Liverpudlian actor, but it has been confirmed that he will join the show in episode two and he features prominently in picture previews for the next episode.
He is expected to be another prime suspect in the case of Trish Winterman.
Sebastian Armesto - Clive Lucas
The local cab driver came under immediate suspicion in episode one, when he was spotted near Trish's home, watching Hardy and Miller closely.
He was picking up a passenger, but had a clear interest in the investigation and we expect his connection with Trish will be revealed very soon.
Becky Brunning - Lindsay Lucas
The wife of shifty cab driver Lucas, revealed a softer side to her husband, telling Hardy and Miller that he gave us his career to support her when she fell pregnant to another man.
She is aware of his dalliances with other women, but refuses to break her marriage vows and intends to stand by his side no matter what.
Richard Hope - Arthur Tamworth
The owner of the property used for the Atwood's party, Arthur has made only a brief cameo so far, but a clip of episode four at the end suggested that he may have been witholding vital information.
Will the landowner turn out to be more significant in this case than he first appears?
Jim Howick - Aaron Mayford
The Peep Show legend Jim Howick joins the show in episode four, but details about his character Aaron remain scarce. However, it is unlikely that he'll be a friendy local and we'd hazard a guess that he'll be yet another suspect for Miller and Hardy.
Broadchurch series three airs on Mondays at 9pm on ITV.
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