Broadchurch creator 'in tears' after writing final episode

The powerful drama, Broadchurch, finally signs off – but goes out on a high
ITV BROADCHURCH SERIES 3 EPISODE 8 Pictured: OLIVIA COLMAN as DS Ellie Miller and DAVID TENNANT as DI Alec Hardy. This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website For further information please contact: 0207 1573044 (Image credit: Colin Hutton)

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall has admitted he cried while writing the final episode of the show. He also said the conclusion will be "surprising".

The writer of Broadchurch has said he found penning the final episode of the hit ITV drama so emotional that he cried.

The third and final series of the show draws to a close on Easter Monday when viewers hope to find out who is behind the rape of Trish Winterman.

The show’s writer and creator, Chris Chibnall, said the conclusion will have “some surprises”, but added that he hoped it would also be “satisfying”.

Talking to The Sun’s TV Magazine, he said: “Sitting down to write the final episode was very emotional and I admit I actually had a bit of a weep doing it.”

For eight weeks viewers have watched tenacious police duo Ellie Miller (played by Olivia Colman) and Alec Hardy (played by David Tennant) trying to whittle down the list of suspects following the attack on Trish (who is played by former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh).

Chris, whose previous credits include Torchwood, said he was proud of the final episode he had penned.

“There is pressure with every script, but I am really proud of the final episode,” he told the magazine.

“Hopefully there are some surprises, but I also hope it is satisfying. I think there is a sense of completion and lots of nods to where we started in series one.”

The reveal of “whodunnit” has been so closely guarded that not even his family know the identity – or identities – of Trish’s rapist.

The show’s two leading stars – Olivia and David – also weren’t told who it was until they saw the script for the final episode.

Chris revealed: “There was an early conversation with the guilty party, but David and Olivia didn’t know and neither did Julie. You could count on your one hand those who knew – it was basically me, the executive producer, the producer and the director.”

Next year, Chris will be at the helm of the Tardis as he takes over as the boss of BBC One’s sci-fi hit, Doctor Who.

He said: “I think the secrecy of Broadchurch is pretty similar to the secrecy of Doctor Who, so Broadchurch has been a good training ground. I am holding a lot of secrets!”

The final episode of Broadchurch airs on ITV on April 17 at 9pm.

PA Media is the national news agency for the UK and Ireland. With unrivalled access to the performers, productions and celebrities on both sides of the Atlantic, PA Media stories provide an irresistible glimpse into showbiz news. Bringing you all of entertainment's big moments. From daily soaps to film productions, we cover the shows that audiences want to know about with our previews, news and interviews.