Broadchurch returns… Today! This post contains everything you need to know in the build up to Broadchurch series 2, which will be premiering TONIGHT on ITV at 9pm!
This post will be a timeline of all the news that has been released since the announcement of Eve’s role in the new series (with quotes from previous website posts) up to the latest articles and reports released today! (Please scroll to to bottom for today’s daily post)
Wednesday 21st May 2104 – First Announced
This was the day that Eve’s role in the new series was announced!
Considering that the first series boasted a Doctor Who writer (Chris Chibnall), director (Euros Lyn), Companion (Arthur Darvill), and Doctor (need we even?), not forgetting the latest actor to play William Hartnell (David Bradley), the mum out of The Eleventh Hour (Olivia Colman), and more, it’s no surprise that Broadchurch series two is welcoming another Whoniverse player: Torchwood and The Unquiet Dead‘s Eve Myles, who is to play “a central role” in the new run.
Thursday 22nd May 2014 – First Read-Through
Today, the first read-through for Broadchurch series 2 took place in London! Along with information about the read-through, ITV also released some photos featuring Eve, David Tennant, Olivia Coleman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Arthur Darvill, Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and James D’Arcy. They also confirmed that information about plot lines, and new characters will be released after filming.
“Details of the new characters and storylines for the second series won’t be revealed during filming as the cast and crew remain tight lipped about how the drama develops.
Filming of the new series will be underway later this month in Dorset and North Somerset and creator and writer Chris Chibnall has appealed to the media and members of the public who might observe filming to help keep the secrets of Broadchurch.
Broadchurch will be executive produced by Chris Chibnall (The Great Train Robbery, Torchwood) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone (Utopia, The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company. The Producer is Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK) who also produced the first series. James Strong, who directed 5 episodes of the first series including episode one, will be directing episodes one and two of this new series.”
Monday 2nd June 2014 – Filming Photos
Sunday 9th November 2014 – Teaser Trailers
ITV have released three mini teasers to promote Broadchurch series 2, using the hashtag #TheEndIsWhereItBegins! Here are the three videos!
Thursday 11th December 2014 – Official Series 2 Trailer Released
— ITV (@ITV) December 11, 2014
ITV have also been uploading mini teasers all day, leading up to the worldwide exclusive trailer that was released at 16.44! Fans have been using the hashtag #BroadchurchReturns all day to help ‘unlock’ the series 2 trailer, and there are various clips from the new series, including two of Eve – enjoy!
Saturday 13th December 2014 – Series 2 DVD Release
Acorn Media have already made the Broadchurch Series 2 DVD available to pre-order! It is rare for a company to do this before a show has started airing, however it is predicted that demand for it will be high. The release date for the DVD will be on Monday 23rd March 2015 – four weeks after the last episode of series 2 has been broadcasted. So far you can only pre-order the DVD from Acorn Media, however companies such as Amazon will also be taking orders closer to the release date. Here is the official artwork for the cover:
Thursday 18th December 2014 – Eve on the Second Series of Broadchurch
The David Tennant News blog just posted this interview with Eve about Broadchurch series two! The interview is from ITV’s Broadchurch series 2 press pack, which can be found here.
Did you watch Broadchurch when it originally went out?
Yes, I loved it. It is a bold, fantastic piece of drama which kept everybody guessing every week and what I loved most was that it was an event which is very rare these days. Usually you wait and get the box set or get it on Netflix and watch it over a weekend but with this if you weren’t watching every week you were missing out and I was part of that.
How did you get the role?
My baby, Sienna, was about four days old when I got the call. My agent asked if I could do an audition on tape as I couldn’t get to London immediately. The taping was hilarious because I was doing the lines in between the baby’s cries and gurgles, so I had to do it as fast as I could and know the lines inside out.
What was it like joining the cast of series one?
Like an out of body experience sitting there in the read through, I remember physically shaking I was so nervous. Even hearing my voice in that space was terrifying because I was such a fan of the show. But then it was also the most exhilarating experience to be part of it.
Every single cast member came up to me that day, put their arms around me and welcomed me into the cast. That took the pressure off and made me feel I was with actors rather than big stars I really admired which meant the world to me and put me at ease straight away.
What did you think of West Bay?
I’d never been there before – how glorious is that place and why haven’t I been there before? It’s two hours from my house door to door, I’ll be going there a lot more. I was spotting out places to take the children next summer. It’s beautiful and the people were wonderful, so accommodating and so excited we were filming another series of Broadchurch down there.
Are you finding it hard to keep everything a secret?
I found it very hard not to tell people I’d got the part in the first instance because I was so excited, so I thought I would find the secrets hard to keep.But it’s not hard at all because it is so important to keep it all under wraps.
How did you react when first read script?
When I got the first script I kept it for bedtime; lights off, ipad out, cup of tea in bed. It was amazing, like watching a film, the writing is so good. I was shocked, exhilarated and surprised. And it made me laugh.
(Credit to David Tennant News for posting this – be sure to follow them on Twitter for all the latest Tennant news!)
Monday 22nd December 2014 – The End Is Where It Begins
Writer of the Broadchurch Novel, Erin Kelly and Chris Chibnall have both come together to write a collection of eight short stories linking with series 2! There will be a story released at midnight after each new episode has been broadcasted. The stories consist of 100% original plotlines that are tied closely to that evening’s episode, and will offer an opportunity for fans to learn more about the characters and their backgrounds!
Friday 2nd January 2014 – Glamour Magazine
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:
Here is a list of all all the daily posts that have been published, and links to each one:
- Broadchurch | Daily Posts
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – Official Soundtrack
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – 8 Days!
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – 1 Week to go!
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – Series two not a ‘whodunit’
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – Breakfast in Broadchurch
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – 4 Days!
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – Glamour Magazine
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – 2 Days to Go!
- Broadchurch | Daily Post – Broadchurch Returns… Tomorrow!
Today’s Daily Post
So, today is the day! We just have a few reminders for everyone and today’s articles and reports!
- Series 2 will premier this evening at 9pm on ITV! It will be repeated again at 10pm on ITV +1. The episode will also be put on ITV Player after it has aired.
- After the episode, the ‘The End Is Where It Begins’ part 1 of 8 book will be released – read this post for more information!
- Screen caps from each episode will be added to the Photo Gallery shortly after each episode!
Latest Articles & Reports
- Independent – ‘Broadchurch series 2: A blagger’s guide for those who haven’t watched the first series’
- Essex Observer – ‘What’s on TV tonight?’
- Gloucestershire Echo – ‘Smash hit police drama Broadchurch returns on ITV tonight’
- The Telegraph – ‘Broadchurch Series 2: 8 burning questions’
- Reveal – ‘Monday’s TV pick: Broadchurch returns for a second series’
- Dorset Echo – ‘Broadchurch is back: Read our interview with creator Chris Chibnall here’