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'Broadchurch' Series 3: Arthur Darvill Promises A Return To Show's Roots

The second series didn't live up to the hype of the first.

23/11/2016 12:30

Broadchurch’ star Arthur Darvill has teased fans with what to expect from the forthcoming third series of the ITV drama.

The actor, who is reprising his role as local vicar Paul Coates, has assured fans the upcoming episodes will be more similar to the hit first series, rather than the second run, which received a lukewarm response from fans.

The original series focused on the mystery around the murder of schoolboy Danny Latimer, whereas the last was centred around the trial of his killer, Joe Miller. 

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Speaking to Digital Spy, Arthur said: “This series, I think, is just going to be brilliant. I can’t tell you too much about it, but the subject matter of it is really heavy.

“I loved the second series of ‘Broadchurch’ - I think it was really necessary to tell that part of the story - but I think this series has more of the feel of the first series.”

The former ‘Doctor Who’ actor is currently starring in US sci-fi series ‘Legends’, and was given timeout from filming to complete work on ‘Broadchurch’.

“They were very kind on ‘Legends’,” Arthur said. “’Broadchurch’ is something that’s been going on for a while, so they had to work around that. I was so pleased to finish off that journey on ‘Broadchurch’.”

It was previously revealed the third series will see a band new case for DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, as they reunite to investigate a serious sexual assault. 

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David Tennant and Olivia Coleman will be reprising their roles of Hardy and Miller, with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan also returning as grieving parents Beth and Mark Latimer.  

Carolyn Pickles is returning as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe, as is Charlotte Beaumont as Mark and Beth’s daughter Chloe, and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

Sir Lenny Henry and Roy Hudd will be joining the cast along with former ‘Coronation Street’ star Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley. 

According to the series creator, Chris Chibnall, this will be the final chapter for ‘Broadchurch’.

“We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters,” he said. “I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.”

Chris will be moving onto an even larger project following the completion of the third series, when he replaces Steven Moffat as the show runner of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2017. 

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