Showcase adds drama to Canadian viewers’ summer television lineup with new British import Broadchurch. The critically acclaimed series stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) in a gripping, eight-part mystery premiering on Sunday, August 4 with new episodes airing every Sunday and Monday at 10pm ET/PT.
Garnering record ratings in the UK and described as “beautifully filmed, sharply directed” (Daily Mirror), Broadchurch was written and created by Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Law and Order: UK). The chilling ensemble drama explores what happens to a small community after an 11-year-old, Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara; Anna Karenina), is found dead on the idyllic Dorset, UK beach. The boy’s death puts the picturesque seaside town of Broadchurch into the heart of a major police investigation and a national media frenzy.
Tennant stars as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, a new-to-town, newly promoted police detective partnered with local Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman; The Iron Lady,Peep Show) who have been assigned to investigate Danny’s death. With a personal tie to the case, Ellie must find reserves of patience and toughness to negotiate a professional relationship with the difficult and unyielding Hardy. Yet as the series progresses, Hardy’s own secrets are laid bare while his clinical methods force Ellie to see the community she grew up in through a different light.
Danny’s tragic and mysterious death causes a strain on the family he left behind: parents Beth (Jodie Whittaker; Attack the Block, One Day) and Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan; Garrow’s Law), teenage sister Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont; 6 Bullets) and Beth’s mother Liz (Susan Brown; Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady). Devastated by their loss, it’s the most stressful and emotional time in their lives as they struggle to deal with everyday life and relate to their friends, neighbours, the church, the press and the police as one by one the residents of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion.
Broadchurch also stars Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as village vicar Paul Coates, Jonathan Bailey (Leonardo) as local newspaper reporter Olly Stevens, Carolyn Pickles (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) as editor Maggie Radcliffe, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty) as a national journalist with a special interest in DI Hardy, and Simone McAullay (Home and Away), Will Mellor (In with the Flynns) and Pauline Quirke (Emmerdale Farm) as members of the community.
Broadchurch is directed by James Strong (United, Downton Abbey, Silent Witness, Doctor Who) and Euros Lyn (Torchwood, Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, Sherlock) and produced by Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK, Torchwood). Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Life on Mars,Law & Order: UK) and Chris Chibnall are the executive producers.