David Tennant’s ‘Broadchurch’ Breaks UK Twitter Record

David Tennant in 'Broadchurch' (Photo: ITV)

David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’ (Photo: ITV)

U.S. TV viewers have much to look forward to when Broadchurch — the detective drama starring Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and Olivia Colman — hits BBC AMERICA later this year: it is clearly the show folks are talking about across the pond right now. Its first season finale, which aired in the U.K. on April 22, was the most tweeted-about drama episode since tracking began in January of 2012 in Britain, Radio Times reports. (Put in proper perspective, that’s more than any Season 3 episode of Downton Abbey.)

The show averaged 2,500 tweets per minute, peaking at an astonishing rate of 8,493 TPM, and provided almost two-thirds of all British Twitter traffic during its broadcast.

Broadchurch, which also co-stars Arthur Darvill and BAFTA winner Vicky McClure, tells the story of two detectives (Tennant and Colman) who are investigating the suspected murder of an 11-year-old boy in seaside resort town in Britain. “Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm,” says writer/creator Chris Chibnall. “In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion. It’s a story of scale and intimacy, as the lives of the characters are laid bare.”

Here’s the British trailer:

Here are Tennant and Colman discussing the show on ITV’s morning program Daybreak:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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