3 days until Broadchurch returns! Today’s daily post includes scans and interviews from the Glamour Magazine article featuring Eve, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Simone McAullay, Charlotte Beaumont & Pheobe Waller-Bridge, and the latest reports!
The women of Broadchurch feature in Glamour’s ‘G Obsession’ section of their magazine this month! Here is the typed version of the interview:
You find out very early in the first episode which direction it’s going in, and it’s an instant, ‘Whoooa!” This statement is accompanied by wild gesticulation by Olivia Colman, and then she abruptly stops. Frustratingly, that’s all she’s allowed to reveal about the hotly anticipated – and highly secretive – second series of Broadchurch. Press her, or any of the cast at today’s photo shoot, and you get an identical, slightly sheepish, shake of the head.
The 2013 hit revolved around the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, in a small beachside town in Dorset where violent crimes ‘just don’t happen’. It was a tautly written, poignant drama about the impact of the murder on the tight-knit community, as DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) raced to solve the case, with everyone in the cast as a potential suspect. in a post-Netflix, binge-watching world, Broadchurch was a return to weekly episodic TV viewing, with audiences growing steadily as the series progressed. By the end of it’s eight-episode run, 9,3 million viewers were tuning in. It also became the UK’s most Tweeted-about show ever, as people feverishly shared theories about the identity of the killer. Even the actors, who were drip-fed scripts during filming, weren’t privy to whodunnit until they were due to film the finale. “We had mugshots up in the make-up truck – we ran a book on it, basically, and it changed every week,” says Simone McAullay, who plays Australian hotelier Becca. A unique way of filming, it was a deliberate attempt on the part of creator Chris Chibnall to keep the actors focussed on the life of the town as a whole, rather than the ‘big reveal’.
“David and I were genuinely the worst detectives in the world, even pretend ones, because we thought everyone had done it,” says Olivia today. “For a while I thought it was him. We were all going, ‘I kind of want to be the murderer because what great scenes they would be, but also I don’t want to be the murderer because i would have played all the previous scenes differently.'” She also admits that, as episodes seven and eight aired, she avoided going out to avoid inadvertently giving away the ending to people who stopped her in the street. “I thought, if they say a name and I flicker, I’ll give it away. I’ll stay at home instead.”
For material, you don’t get much more emotional than the murder of a child, and to call the show harrowing is an understatement. Characters spend much of their time tramping across windswept cliffs, streaked with tears, and none more so than Jodie Whittaker, who plays Danny’s grieving mother, Beth. “There was a scene that had to be rewritten,” she says, “because it said ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I can’t seem to cry.’ Well, we had to change that because i couldn’t get through any scene without doing it.” (“I can’t look at Jodie without crying,” Olivia agrees later.) “With Season Two, it’s a different stage, because grief has its own journey. there are days when the character is numb or angry, more than teary.”
Which brings us back to the new series. The revelation of the killer’s identity (we won’t repeat it in case you haven’t caught up yet) is a fresh bomb going off in a town already reeling, and as the trailers tease, ‘The end is where it begins’, it seems safe to assume Season Two will pick up here. “Chris set up a lot of things we never even thought about in the first series, and now they’ve come to the fore,” says Olivia. “At the read-through we were going ‘You sneaky bastard!'”
Of today’s cast, Olivia and Jodie, along with Charlotte Beaumont (who plays Beth’s daughter, Chloe) and Simone McAullay, are returnees, while Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge play new characters. However, they all greet each other like old friends, nattering and expressing excitement about the American remake of the show (Gracepoint, starring an entirely new cast, aside from David Tennant), which as we shot, had just started airing in the US. For the newbies on the UK set, even the audition process was clandestine; they received only a couple of scenes and a short description of their character. Still, it was enough for them to sign on. “I’d given birth about four days before and my agent called and said, ‘You’re not coming up to London are you?'” says Eve. “I said, ‘No, I’ve got a child on my breast as we speak and i’m taking some time out.’ Then she said it was Broadchurch. I said, ‘What time do you want me there?'”
And here is a scanned copy of a magazine:
Glamour Magazine is on sale now! We are also waiting for digital copies of the images used in the article to be released!
Latest Articles & Reports
- Harlow Star -‘The return of Broadchurch: Q&A with stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman’
- Radio Times – ‘Broadchurch series two: absolutely everything we know for certain’
- Radio Times – ‘David Tennant is good at keeping the secrets of Broadchurch series two – very, very good’
- BT – ‘Broadchurch is back – but what is Charlotte Rampling up to?’
- Nottingham Post – ‘What to expect from the new series of Broadchurch’
- Cheddar Valley Gazette – ‘Broadchurch returns with Clevedon playing starring role’
- The Guardian – ‘Broadchurch’s return: (our) tales of the unexpected’
- Sunday World – ‘David Tennant: Pressure is on for Broadchurch’
- Wales Online – ‘Fancy a trip to Broadchurch? West Dorset has plenty to see’