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David Tennant - Broadchurch

David Tennant - Broadchurch

David Tennant plays DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch. The original series won a BAFTA in May 2014 and was ITVís highest rated drama of 2013. The series finale was watched by over 10 million and consistently delivered in excess of 9 million viewers. It was broadcast starting on 4th March 2013 in the UK and on BBC America in the US from Wednesday 7th August. It has now been televised in Australia, France, Canada, Russia, Argentina, Sweden and Brazil.

In the original series, DI Alec Hardy was a gritty detective who investigated crimes which other policeman had been unable to solve. The drama explored what happens to a small community when it suddenly became the focus of a major event and was subjected to the full glare of the media spotlight. Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure, Andrew Buchan, David Bradley, Jodie Whittaker, Will Mellor and Arthur Darvill also starred in the eight episode one hour series which was written by Chris Chibnall. The series was produced by Richard Stokes for Kudos Productions.

Filming started on Broadchurch on Monday 13th August 2012 in Somerset, Dorset and the Clevedon area and finished in the early hours of Wednesday 5th December. The read-through for at least the first filming block was on Tuesday 7th August.

The second series of Broadchurch started filming in May 2014 and ended in mid October (20 weeks). The subject matter for the second series was kept secret and no advance press screenings were arranged. As well as most of the original cast Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James DíArcy, Eve Myles and Meera Syal also appear.

The trailer for the second series of Broachurch has been posted to YouTube and the ITV Press Centre have issued a press pack for Series Two with brief cast interviews.

The second series of Broadchurch premiered on ITV on Monday 5th January 2015 at 9pm and on BBC America in the US from Wednesday 4th March. It is expected to be broadcast in various countries around the world over the coming months. To date Ireland, Norway, New zealand, Canada, Australia and South Africa have also broadcast it.

At the end of the final episode of Series Two ITV announced that David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return for a third series of Broadchurch.

The announced broadcasts for Series Two are:

Country Start Date Station Time
UK Monday 5th January ITV 9pm
Ireland Monday 5th January TV3 10pm
Norway Wednesday 8th January NRK 1 9.35pm
New Zealand Sunday 11th January TV One 8.35pm
Canada Sunday 11th January Showcase 10pm
Australia Sunday 15th February ABC 8.40pm
Belgium Thursday 26th February Vitaya 7.35pm
South Africa Wednesday 4th March M-Net Edge 7pm
US Wednesday 4th March BBC America 10pm
Switzerland Friday 3rd April RTS Un 10.50pm
France Monday 6th April France 2 8.55pm
Italy Monday 6th April Giallo 9pm
Latin America Monday 27th April On Direct TV Various
Slovenia Friday 29th May SLO 2 9pm
The Netherlands Sunday 31st May RTL 4 8pm
Denmark Monday 22nd June TV2 9.05pm
Japan Sunday 19th July WOWOW 1.30pm

The DVD for the original series of Broadchurch was released in the UK on Monday 20th May 2013. The Broadchurch original series Blu-ray was released on 4th November 2013.
The Broadchurch Second Series DVD and Blu-ray was released in the UK on Monday 16th March 2015. A Broadchurch DVD box-set (featuring both series) was also be released on that day.

David Tennant reprised a similar role in the American remake of Broadchurch which filmed from January to May 2014. This ten part drama was called Gracepoint and had a different killer. This link has full details. It was broadcast on Fox Television on Thursday evenings from 2nd October 2014 but will not be renewed for a second season. It will be shown in the UK on ITV Encore from April 2015.

Synopsis of each episode of Series One.

Main cast of Series One.

Broadchurch Series One Filming dates / locations

David Tennant interviews, appearances and videos for Series One.


Synopsis of each episode of Series Two.

Broadchurch Series Two Filming dates / locations

Main cast of Series Two.

David Tennant interviews, appearances and videos for Series Two.

June 2015
Episode two of Broadchurch Season Two premieres in Denmark on TV2 tonight. Updated 29/6

Episode five of Broadchurch Series Two is on SLO 2 tonight in Slovenia at 9.30pm. Updated 26/6

Unfortunately Broadchurch did not win the French TV Notes 2015 Awards for the Best Foreign Series category as Grey's Anatomy won. Updated 24/6

The Broadchurch combined Season One and Two DVD and Blu-ray in France release date has been changed from 21st August to Friday 31st July. Updated 23/6

A trailer for Broadchurch Season Two in Denmark tonight has been posted to Facebook. It plays worldwide. Updated 22/6

Broadchurch Season Two premieres in Denmark on TV2 tonight. Updated 22/6

Episodes 7 and 8 of Broadchurch Season Two are broadcast in The Netherlands tonight on RTL 4. Updated 21/6

DirectTV Latin America has a Broadchurch Series Two marathon today. The trailer (with timings) has been posted to YouTube. Updated 21/6

Episode four of Broadchurch Series Two is on SLO 2 in Slovenia at 9.30pm tonight. Updated 19/6

DirectTV Latin America is having a Broadchurch Series Two marathon on Sunday (21st). A trailer for it (with timings) has been posted to YouTube. Updated 18/6

David Tennant is listed in the 2015 Primetime EMMYs long list of nominees for two awards (for Broadchurch and Gracepoint). Updated 17/6

The release date of the Broadchurch combined Season One and Two DVD and Blu-ray in France has been brought forward from 5th October to 21st August. Updated 15/6

Broadchurch Season Two is repeated in Canada but this time on BBC Canada starting today. Updated 15/6

The Broadchurch original season is repeated in Denmark starting tonight on TV Charlie in advance of the broadcast of Broadchurch Season Two on the station TV2 which starts next Monday. Updated 15/6

A trailer for Broadchurch episodes 5 and 6 (which are broadcast tonight from 8pm in The Netherlands) has been posted to the RTL website. Updated 14/6

Episodes 5 and 6 of Broadchurch Season Two are broadcast in The Netherlands tonight on RTL 4. Updated 14/6

Broadchurch Season Two premieres in Denmark on Monday 22nd June.
This will be preceded by a repeat of the original series of Broadchurch which will be broadcast on TV Charlie from Monday 15th June to Thursday 18th June with two episodes per night beginning at 10.50pm. Updated 13/6

Broadchurch has been nominated in the French TV Notes 2015 Awards in the Best Foreign Series category.
Voting link. Updated 8/6

Episodes 3 and 4 of Broadchurch Season Two are broadcast in The Netherlands tonight on RTL 4. Updated 7/6

Episode two of Broadchurch Series Two is on SLO 2 in Slovenia at 9.30pm. Updated 5/6

Broadchurch Season Two DVD available to pre-order in The Netherlands. The release date is Tuesday 21st July. Updated 1/6

May 2015
Broadchurch Season Two premieres on RTL 4 in The Netherlands tonight at 8pm. Updated 31/5

Broadchurch Season Two starts broadcast tonight in Slovenia on the station SLO 2. Updated 29/5

SierienJunkies has reported that Broadchurch Season Two will not air in Germany until Spring 2016. Updated 29/5

Broadchurch Series Two to be broadcast in Japan on Sunday 19th July. All eight episodes will be shown that day on the station WOWOW. Updated 27/5

The release date of the Broadchurch combined Season One and Two DVD and Blu-ray in France has been brought forward by 10 days to Monday 5th October. Updated 26/5

RTL 8 in The Netherlands broadcasts two episodes from the original Broadchurch series every night at 8.30pm from tonight in order for viewers who missed the first season to continue watching Season Two from 31st May. Updated 25/5

Broadchurch original series is released in Germany on DVD and Blu-ray today. Updated 21/5

The Broadchurch Effect documentary (with Chris Chibnall interview) has been posted to Vimeo.
In it Chris says that Series Three of Broadchurch was commissioned at the same time as Series Two and that Broadchurch was always planned to be a three story trilogy. Updated 20/5

David Tennant, Broadchurch, Doctor Who and W1A are nominated in the TV Choice Awards longlist.
David Tennant has been nominated for the Best Actor Award (for Broadchurch), Broadchurch has been nominated for the Best Drama Series Award and W1A is in the list for the Best Comedy Show Award.
Also Olivia Colman is nominated for the Best Actress Award for Broadchurch and Doctor Who for the Best Family Drama Award.
This round of the awards is open until midnight on Friday 5th June. Updated 19/5

Broadchurch original series concludes its broadcast tonight in Germany on ZDF. Episodes seven and eight will be shown. Updated 17/5

Broadchurch Season Two premieres on RTL 4 in The Netherlands on Sunday 31st May.
Also, starting on Monday 25th May, RTL 8 will broadcast two episodes from the original Broadchurch series every night at 8.30pm in order for viewers who missed the first season to continue watching Season Two from 31st May. Updated 13/5

KSiteTV have posted a fun video of David Tennant and Olivia Colman recording Broadchurch promos from the Season Two DVD extras. Updated 12/5

Yahoo! has an article (with a video from the Season Two DVD extras) about the great chemistry David Tennant and Olivia Colman share in Broadchurch. Updated 11/5

ZDF have posted a trailer for the Broadchurch Season One finale which airs in Germany on Sunday. Updated 11/5

Jessica Hynes won the Best Female Performance In A Comedy Award at BAFTA last night for W1A.
During the BAFTA ceremony a short clip of Broadchurch was shown in a montage of some of the greatest television moments of the past year. Updated 11/5

Broadchurch original series continues broadcast in Germany on ZDF. Episodes five and six will be shown tonight. Updated 10/5

ZDF has posted a trailer for Broadchurch Season One episodes 5 and 6 which air in Germany on Sunday. Updated 8/5

A video of David Tennant and Olivia Colman discussing Broadchurch and getting soaked (from the DVD extras) has been posted to YouTube. Updated 8/5

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive video clip of 'The Making Of Broadchurch' from the extras on the DVD. Updated 8/5

Stuff New Zealand has a great review of the Broadchurch Series Two DVD which includes the phrase 'This is exactly the sort of series DVD boxed set marathons were made for.' Updated 7/5

Broadchurch Official Short Story Collection (Series 2) is released on Kindle in the UK today. Updated 7/5

Broadchurch Season Two DVD and Blu-ray is released in France today. Updated 6/5

The Stage describes Broadchurch as 'a stalwart performer' during ITV's 'difficult 2015.' Updated 5/5

Broadchurch Season Two DVD is released in North America today. Updated 5/5

Broadchurch original series continues broadcast in Germany on ZDF. Episodes three and four will be shown tonight. Updated 3/5

Broadchurch combined Season One and Two are available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray in France. The release date is Thursday 15th October. Updated 1/5

The trailer for Broadchurch Season One episode 3 and 4 (which will be shown on Sunday evening in Germany). Updated 1/5

April 2015
The Broadchurch Official Short Story Collection (Series 2) will be released on Kindle in the UK on Thursday 7th May. Updated 29/4

The first two episodes of the Broadchurch original series did well in the overnight ratings in Germany. Updated 27/4

Broadchurch is on the entry list of the Seoul Drama Awards in Korea. Updated 27/4

Episodes seven and eight of Broadchurch Series Two are broadcast on Giallo in Italy tonight. Updated 27/4

Broadchurch original series starts broadcast in Germany on ZDF tonight. Episodes one and two will be broadcast. Updated 26/4

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Chris Chibnall about Broadchurch Season Three. He says that he spoke to both David Tennant and Oliva Colman about Season Three before they started doing Season Two. Updated 23/4

News about Broadchurch Season Three from France 2's Behind The Scenes documentary. Updated 23/4

Broadchurch producer Jane Feathersone revels to Yahoo! that two endings were filmed for Series Two - guilty and not guilty (mainly for the purposes of misdirection). Updated 23/4

Entertainment Weekly have posted an exclusive Broadchurch clip from tonight's episode which plays worldwide. Updated 22/4

Episode eight of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 10pm on BBC America in the US tonight. Updated 22/4

Episode eight of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 7pm tonight on M-Net Edge in South Africa. Updated 21/4

A video of David Tennant and Olivia Colman speaking French from the Broadchurch DVD extras has been posted to YouTube. Updated 21/4

The Broadchurch Season Two finale was placed first in the overnight ratings on France 2 last night. Updated 21/4

Broadchurch was the top trending item on Twitter in France during broadcast of the final two episodes and documentary tonight! Updated 20/4

The trailer for the final two episodes of Broadchurch in France tonight has been added to Facebook. Updated 20/4

Episodes five and six of Broadchurch Series Two are broadcast on Giallo in Italy tonight. Updated 20/4

Episodes seven and eight of Broadchurch Series Two plus a Broadchurch documentary (which includes David Tennant) are broadcast on France 2 tonight. Updated 20/4

The trailer for Broadchurch Series One and Two (which contains spoilers) for DirecTV Latin America has been posted to YouTube. Updated 18/4

The trailer for the Broadchurch original series in Germany has been posted to the ZDF website. It plays worldwide. Updated 17/4

Episodes seven and eight of Broadchurch Series Two are broadcast in Switzerland tonight . Updated 17/4

A review of Broadchurch Season Two episode seven by AV Club includes the phrase 'a credit to the acting prowess of David Tennant.' Updated 16/4

Entertainment Weekly have an exclusive clip from tonight's episode of Broadchurch Season Two which plays worldwide. Updated 15/4

Chris Chibnall has confirmed to Dorset Echo that Broadchurch Series Three will not be filmed during 2015. Updated 15/4

Tonight episode seven of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 10pm on BBC America in the US. Updated 15/4

Episode seven of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 7pm tonight on M-Net Edge in South Africa. Updated 15/4

Broadchurch Season Two episodes 4 - 6 were in second place in the overnight ratings for last night in France. Updated 14/4

Episodes four, five and six of Broadchurch Series Two are broadcast on France 2 tonight. Updated 13/4

Tonight episodes three and four of Broadchurch Series Two are broadcast on Giallo in Italy. Updated 13/4

Details about the Broadchurch documentary (which includes David Tennant) which will be broadcast on Monday 20th April on France2. Updated 11/4

The Broadchurch Complete Second Season DVD release date has been delayed from 5th to Tuesday 12th May in the US. Updated 10/4

The trailer for episodes 4 to 6 of Broadchurch Season Two in France on Monday has been posted to YouTube. Updated 10/4

Episodes four, five and six of Broadchurch Series Two are broadcast in Switzerland tonight . Updated 10/4

Episode six of Broadchurch Season Two premieres at 10pm tonight on BBC America in the US. Updated 8/4

Episode six of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 7pm tonight on M-Net Edge in South Africa. Updated 8/4

French newspaper Le Figaro gives Broadchurch Season Two top marks in its look at television in France this week. Updated 7/4

Last night the Broadchurch Season Two premiere in France was second place in the ratings for the 9pm slot. Updated 7/4

#Broadchurch was the Top Trending Topic in France tonight during broadcast.
It also trended in Italy too. Updated 6/4

Broadchurch Series Two starts broadcasting in Italy tonight. The first two episodes will air starting at 9pm. Updated 6/4

Broadchurch Series Two starts transmission on France 2. The first three episodes will air starting at 8.55pm tonight. Updated 6/4

The French television listings magazine Tele Cable Sat extended David Tennant interview about Broadchurch, Gracepoint, Hannibal and Doctor Who (translated into English). Updated 5/4

France 2 repeats the entire first series of Broadchurch starting tonight at midnight. Updated 5/4

Episode eight of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.30pm tonight on ABC in Australia. Updated 5/4

The French television listings magazine Tele Cable Sat has a new David Tennant interview about Broadchurch, Gracepoint and Doctor Who (translated into English). Updated 4/4

Broadchurch Series Two starts broadcast in Switzerland tonight. The first three episodes will be broadcast tonight. Updated 3/4

Episode five of Broadchurch Series Two premieres tonight at 10pm on BBC America in the US. Updated 1/4

Episode five of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 7pm tonight on M-Net Edge in South Africa. Updated 1/4

March 2015
A Broadchurch behind the scenes documentary will be broadcast at the end of Season Two in France on Monday 20th April.
After we posted that Chris Chibnall tweeted to us that he was filming it 'RIGHT NOW!' Updated 31/3

Episode seven of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.30pm on ABC in Australia. Updated 29/3

Gifs of David Tennant and Olivia Colman promoting Broadchurch have been posted to Tumblr. Updated 28/3

Yahoo! has some lovely words about David Tennant's acting in Broadchurch from executive producer Jane Featherstone:
'I think Davidís performance is the most extraordinary thing in it. I think itís so real and powerful, and knowing that [Hardy] has carried this burden with him for a series and a half, you get to really feel in that moment what that was about. I think itís harrowing and extraordinary, and put that down to performance and great acting.' Updated 26/3

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive Broadchurch Season Two video clip which plays worldwide. Updated 25/3

Episode four of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 10pm tonight on BBC America in the US. Updated 25/3

Episode four of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 7pm on M-Net Edge in South Africa tonight. Updated 25/3

The French trailer for Broadchurch Series Two has been posted to YouTube. Updated 24/3

Broadchurch is #3 in 411Mania's list of Top 8 Murder Mystery Serial Shows. Updated 24/3

Broadchurch Series Two starts broadcasting in Italy on Monday 6th April at 9pm. The link includes a trailer. Updated 23/3

Episodes 5 and 6 of the Broadchurch original series is repeated on Giallo TV tonight in Italy. Updated 23/3

The Guardian reports that Broadchurch grew its overnight ratings by 47% in the consolidated figures. Updated 22/3

Episode six of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.30pm on ABC in Australia tonight. Updated 22/3

There will be a Broadchurch original series marathon on France 2 starting at midnight on Monday 6th April. Updated 19/3

Yahoo! has an interview with Broadchurch exec producer Jane Featherstone. Updated 19/3

Broadchurch Series Two episodes seven and eight are broadcast in Belgium on the station Vitaya. Updated 19/3

Entertainment Weekly has an article and Broadchurch video clip (Hardy makes a demand) which plays worldwide. Updated 18/3

Episode three of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 10pm tonight on BBC America in the US. Updated 18/3

Episode three of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 7pm on M-Net Edge in South Africa tonight. Updated 18/3

Broadchurch Series Two starts transmission on France 2 on Monday 6th April.
The first three episodes will air that evening starting at 8.55pm. Updated 17/3

The Broadchurch original series start date in Germany on ZDF is Sunday 26th April. Two episodes will be broadcast per evening. Updated 16/3

The Broadchurch Series Two DVD, Broadchurch Series Two Blu-ray and the combined Broadchurch Series One and Two Box-set DVD are released today in the UK. Updated 16/3

Tonight episode five of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.30pm on ABC in Australia. Updated 15/3

Tonight episode five of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.30pm on ABC in Australia. Updated 15/3

A new behind-the-scenes photo of Broadchurch from the DVD has been posted to Twitter. Updated 14/3

David Tennant and Olivia Colman's episode of The Graham Norton Show topromote Broadchurch has its US premiere on BBC America tonight. Updated 14/3

The Broadchurch original series is available to pre-order in Germany on Blu-ray and DVD. They will be released on Thursday 21st May. Updated 12/3

Broadchurch Series Two episodes five and six are broadcast in Belgium tonight on the station Vitaya. Updated 12/3

Episode two of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 10pm on BBC America tonight in the US. Updated 11/3

Episode two of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 7pm tonight on M-Net Edge in South Africa. Updated 11/3

France and Italy have both started broadcasting 'Broadchurch Coming Soon' trailers. Updated 9/3

The original series of Broadchurch is broadcast on Giallo in Italy from tonight. Updated 9/3

Episode four of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.40pm on ABC in Australia tonight. Updated 8/3

Another repeat of the original series of Broadchurch starts on ITV Encore tonight.

Broadchurch Series Two ratings

An infographic (above) was posted by BroadcastNow which confirms the Broadchurch Series Two ratings compared to the 2013 original series. Updated 6/3

Broadchurch Season Two DVD and Blu-ray is now available for pre-order in France. The release date is Wednesday 6th May. Updated 6/3

The Hollywood Reporter has a good review of the first few episodes of Broadchurch Season Two. Updated 5/3

Broadchurch Series Two episodes three and four are broadcast in Belgium on the station Vitaya. Updated 5/3

The reviewer from New York Times prefers Broadchurch Season Two to Season One. Updated 4/3

Broadchurch Series Two premieres on BBC America at 10pm tonight. Updated 4/3

Article by Chris Chibnall in The Guardian about the process and Broadchurch (it contains spoilers). Updated 4/3

Broadchurch Series Two starts being broadcast tonight in South Africa. Updated 4/3

Broadchurch Season Two review by The Boston Globe includes the phrase 'a promising continuation of season one.' Updated 3/3

David Tennant is one of Hypable's reasons to watch Broadchurch Season Two on BBC America tomorrow. Updated 3/3

Today Chris Chibnall tweeted that Broadchurch episode 8 was watched by a consolidated audience of 9.92 million (not including ITV Player).
He added that therefore the Broadchurch Series Two average was 9.2 million (a 30.5% share) which compared favourably to the Series One average of 9.37 million (31.4%).
This means that the Broadchurch Series Two average was only slightly less than the original series. Updated 3/3

Variety has a good review of Broadchurch Season Two which contains spoilers. Updated 2/3


BBC America have posted a video clip to Vine (above) promoting their broadcast of Broadchurch Series Two which starts on Wednesday 4th March at 10pm. Updated 1/3

Tonight the final episode (eight) of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 10pm on Showcase in Canada. Updated 1/3

A review of Broadchurch by The Guardian includes the phrase 'I quite loved every mesmerising minute.' Updated 1/3

Broadchurch episode three preview from Sydney Morning Herald receives 3.5 stars and includes 'starting to exert a bit of its old magic.' Updated 1/3

Episode three of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.40pm on ABC in Australia tonight. Updated 1/3

The final episode (eight) of Broadchurch Series Two premieres at 8.35pm tonight on TV1 in New Zealand. Updated 1/3


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