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

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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