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David Tennant and Arthur Darvill both star in the upcoming ITV police drama entitled Broadchurch. A deal has just been struck for the show to air on BBC America.

Profits do seem to make strange bedfellows. According to THR, BBC rival TV network ITV has just sold the American broadcast rights to its upcoming police drama to BBC America. The series is slated to debut in the U.K. in the spring, but there is no word on whether the show will air in a similar time-frame in the USA.

The show stars a number of actors familiar to U.K. viewers; however, of note to U.S. viewers, David Tennant and Arthur Darvill, both of Doctor Who fame, play significant recurring roles. Tennant plays Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, who arrives in Broadchurch, the title town, following the death of a young boy. Arthur Darvill, plays the town priest named Paul Coates.

The Doctor Who connections don’t end with Tennant and Darvill. Writer Chris Chibnall, who penned multiple episodes of Torchwood and Doctor Who, is at the creative helm. Chibnall’s most recent contributions to Doctor Who were this season’s “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” and “The Power of Three.” In fact, according to Steven Moffat, Chibnall would have written another episode in 2013 had not Broadchurch taken off earlier than expected.

In describing Broadchurch, Chibnall stated,

Broadchurch focuses on a small British community which finds itself at the eye of a storm. 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.

The David Tennant fansite has an excellent gallery of the filming that took place in 2012.

  • antonia31

    molto bene!

  • Teranel

    I really want to be excited about this, but the last thing that Chris Chibnall helmed (Camelot) was a dismal failure, so I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      I thought of that, however this is closer to what Chibnal is good at. Torchwood despite the sci-fi, was a police procedural to a degree that focused on the humanity of the characters and their interaction. If he sticks to that formula he;s got something

  • https://twitter.com/JassyPugh Jasmine P

    Arthur Darvill as a Priest? I’m there :)

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    So happy to see them back on my screen.

  • xebgoc

    Why are people not mentioning the fact that Tennant will be on BBCAmerica in February in The Spies of Warsaw? It’s going to be an amazing show!

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Can’t speak for anyone else, but I covered this because it has serious potential for renewal as a series whereas Spies of Warsaw is a one off

  • http://www.facebook.com/rochelle.sharbutt Rochelle Sharbutt

    Also, the actress in the above picture is Olivia Colman. She is playing DS Ellie Miller (according to IMDB) in Broadchurch, while she also played the mother (with the two creepy girls) that was actually Prisoner Zero in disguise in “The Eleventh Hour” (Season 5, episode 1 of Doctor Who). Is it weird that I notice stuff like that?

    • rsprague

      Nope. I noticed it right away as well. Just dedicated Whovians :)

  • Rose Tyler

    I’m still flabbergasted that BBC America struck this deal with ITV. I was actually afraid that Broadchurch wasn’t going to air in the US unless it agreed to show it on Masterpiece Mystery.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Same here. I’d been fully anticipating having to track down online copies, so glad it will be here. Now here’s to hoping their isn’t a Downton Abbey like drag in the transmission!

  • K8_8K

    Is it just me but reading the show description sounds like Casual Vacancy – in the sense that was what I had expected Casual Vacancy to be.

    • Jane

      Yes thats what i thought as well

  • darce

    he’s so pretty

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