Filming this summer in Dorset, Broadchurch will return for a third series with an impressive new ensemble cast alongside some of the original characters we've gotten to know over the past few years.

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Julie Hesmondhalgh

David Tennant and Olivia Colman are back onboard, reprising their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller respectively, whilst Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan will also return as Beth and Mark Latimer.

Joining the cast this year is NTA winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley; all described as taking 'significant roles' in the eight part third series.

Arthur Darvill will also return as local vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles is back as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson returns as Ellie's son Tom.

This series will see a brand new case come to light for Miller and Hardy, as the pair are tasked with investigating a serious sexual assault.

Chatting about the series, creator Chris Chibnall said: "This is the final chapter of Broadchurch. We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it's a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me."

A year of research with Dorset-based organisations who specialise in dealing with victims of sexual assault has been underway in the making of the series, whilst police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence have also been involved.

ITV's now-former Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea commissioned the new series.

Victoria comments: "Broadchurch is as ever stylishly written, provocative and thought provoking.

"We're pleased with the direction Chris and Jane have taken this series and the extraordinary cast they've assembled."

Jane Featherstone added: "Broadchurch has been an important part of my life and I am so delighted and privileged to be working with Chris and the team again as we embark on the very final series.

"We will return to the town and characters we know so well as they find themselves caught up in a new and compelling story which will test the strength of the community and the people who live there, and will, I hope, be a fitting end to this trilogy."

Paul Andrew Williams, Daniel Nettheim and Lewis Arnold will direct the series.

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