FIRST LOOK: Filming on Broadchurch series 3 gets underway; Lenny Henry joins the cast

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Broadchurch producers announced that Sir Lenny Henry and Roy Hudd will join the cast as Broadchurch series three commenced filming today.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman return to their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, this time investigating a serious sexual assault, while Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan return to play Beth and Mark Latimer.

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall said: “This is the final chapter of Broadchurch. We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.”


Also in the cast are ex Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell, plus Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley. Arthur Darvill returns as local vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe, Charlotte Beaumont as Mark and Beth’s daughter Chloe, and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

The eight-part series dramatises what happens to the community of Broadchurch when Hardy and Miller investigate a serious sexual assault.

Based on a year of research with Dorset-based organisations who specialise in dealing with victims of sexual assault, and police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence, Broadchurch’s final chapter looks at the emotional cost to all of those involved and the irreparable damage to friendships and relationships.


Filming will take place during the summer in Bridport, West Bay, Clevedon and Bristol.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.