The wait is finally over. BBC America’s highly-acclaimed series, Broadchurch, returns with a new case on Wednesday, June 28 at 10/9c. Featuring a strongly-talented cast, spearheaded by recent Golden Globe®-winner Olivia Colman (The Night Manager, Fleabag) and Emmy®-winner David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), the third and final chapter from writer, creator and executive producer Chris Chibnall, sees the detective duo Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Colman) and Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (Tennant) investigate a serious sexual assault that shocks the tight-knitted seaside town to its core.
For more details on the all-new investigation, read on for fascinating excerpts from Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall‘s final season foreword:
“Welcome back to Broadchurch, and our third and final story. The world we live in now feels some distance from the world I was writing about when we started. The state of the U.K. and its preoccupations are different. Each story has deliberately tackled a new area. For the final story, Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy conduct a new investigation, into a serious sexual assault.
I wanted to tell this story because these crimes are increasing. In the U.K., recorded sexual offenses have been increasing year on year for the past decade: the most recent annual statistics showed an increase of 41% in reported rapes, compared to the previous year. Representations of, and attitudes to, sex have become more oppositional and confrontational. Sexualized images are all around, access to porn is easier and seemingly more common. It’s an issue for couples, for parents and families, for individuals and for communities. And amidst all this, the gender divide often feels more polarized than it has in decades.
To explore this, I needed to call on DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy one last time. This story begins three years after we were last in Broadchurch. Lives have moved on. Some people have left, some have arrived — and there’s a new case to test this old partnership. There are new suspects, new revelations and fresh truths to be confronted in the lives of Broadchurch’s residents.
You can expect to meet old friends, and new faces. You’ll see more of Broadchurch than ever before: new locations, and more extraordinary Dorset landscape.
What hasn’t changed is the amazing array of acting talent in the show. Our cast, led by the incomparable Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker and Andy Buchan, are joined by a host of brilliant new recruits: including Sarah Parish (of BBC America’s Atlantis), Julie Hesmondhalgh,, Lenny Henry, Mark Bazeley, Georgina Campbell, Charlie Higson and Roy Hudd.”Read More