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David Tennant and Olivia Colman Both Returning for 'Broadchurch' Sequel

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 13, 2014 at 1:19PM

The casting for the second season of the Brit murder mystery hit "Broadchurch" is shaping up. Both David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be returning for the new season, reprising their roles as detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, who last season got to the bottom of the death of an 11-year-old boy, found at the base of the seaside town's towering cliffs.
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'Broadchurch'
'Broadchurch'

The casting for the second season of the Brit murder mystery hit "Broadchurch" is shaping up. Both David Tennant and Olivia Colman will be returning for the new season, reprising their roles as detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, who last season got to the bottom of the death of an 11-year-old boy, found at the base of the seaside town's towering cliffs.

This follow-up season, which is described as "completely different" from the first, begins filming in Dorset soon. "Broadchurch" season one writer Chris Chibnall is penning.

Former Doctor Who Tennant has a lot of "Broadchurch" on his plate -- he also stars in the upcoming US remake of the show, Fox's "Gracepoint," opposite Anna Gunn of "Breaking Bad." It's no wonder stateside producers scrambled at the chance to make it. "Broadchurch" was ITV's biggest hit since "Downton Abbey," and the most popular midweek drama in a decade.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.