It’s the drama that has gripped the UK for its entire eight-week run.
And despite wrapping up its plot holes in the final installment last night, ITV has ordered a second season of murder mystery Broadchurch.
Created and written by Chris Chibnall, the series explored the effects of the murder of a young boy on a close-knit seaside town where everyone becomes a suspect.
It is produced by Kudos Film and Television, with stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman leading an ensemble cast.
The second season will go into production next year, but ITV are keeping details of the story – and which of characters will return – a closely guarded secret, though Chibnall said it would be “a very different story”.
The renewal comes as ITV announced its current acting director of drama commissioning and head of continuing drama, Steve November, was confirmed as the network’s new director of drama. He will take up his new role at the end of June when incumbent Laura Mackie and the current controller of drama commissioning Sally Haynes leave to set up their own production company.
Broadchurch is executive produced by Chibnall and Jane Featherstone, and produced by Richard Stokes.