‘Broadchurch’ creator: Season 2 has ‘a different shape and energy’

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Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall has revealed that fans should expect “a different journey” in the crime drama’s new season.

Season 2 begins next week on ITV.

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Chibnall commented: “It’s been a whirlwind. But our focus has always been: what happens next. In the time we’ve been off air, we’ve never stopped working on the show’s return. I knew, from the start, that there was another story to tell in the world of Broadchurch: so much so that I’d pitched it to Peter Fincham, Director of Television at ITV, in our very first meeting when he greenlit the first series of the show. That’s the story you’ll be seeing soon.”

He hinted: “But be prepared: Series 2 is a different journey, it has a different shape and energy, a different rhythm. It’s a new story, and there’s a different engine under the bonnet this year. (That’s as far as I go with car analogies, don’t panic).”

Broadchurch 2 group cast

Season 2 will see Eve Myles, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy and Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the hit crime drama, alongside returning cast members David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill.

Chibnall added: “Some characters from series one return: others don’t. And there’s a set of new characters for you to get to know. Who are they playing? What are their characters’ names? How do they fit into the show? All will be revealed. Just not quite yet. When the show airs, on Monday 5 January at 9pm.”

The writer continued: “We’re keeping our lips as tightly sealed as possible until then. We’re doing this because we loved how audiences connected with, and responded to, Broadchurch the first time round. We know we’ll never replicate the way the first series took hold but nonetheless we’re doing our best to ensure our story goes unrevealed, and the audience can remain unspoilered, until it’s broadcast on ITV. We’d like everyone to se e the pieces fall into place (and they will) when you watch episode one on that Monday night. And for people to find out – as much as possible – together, at the same time. That’s not such a crazy idea, is it?”

Broadchurch 2 family

Chibnall also revealed that a brand new short story, written by Erin Kelly (author of the Broadchurch novel) will be available as an ebook after each episode has aired.

He explained: “We’ve been working on these alongside the series: each story will focus on a character from this series of Broadchurch. Put together the eight stories will make up a collection. W e think this is the first time something like this has been done – a chance for the audience to go deeper into the characters, released as the series is transmitting.”

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