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Will There be a Broadchurch Season 4?

Updated October 30, 2019
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Broadchurch is a crime drama series written and created by Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who). The ITV show premiered on March 4, 2013, and is also available to stream on Netflix. The story is set in Broadchurch (the title is based upon this name), a fictional town in Dorset.

Broadchurch has been lauded by critics and viewers alike and has had three successful seasons so far. Its third season gained more than 11 million viewers and was declared as one of the most-watched crime dramas on ITV. Now the question is, will there be a Broadsearch season 4? We will delve into that question, but first, let’s quickly look into the details of the series.

Broadchurch Cast: Who is in it?

The lead cast includes David Tennant and Olivia Colman who portray DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller. David Tennant is a British actor who has achieved global fame by portraying a variety of characters. He is known for playing the tenth incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who. During that time, he also portrayed Giacomo Casanova in the BBC comedy-drama Casanova. Additionally, he starred as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones (Netflix) as the main villain. Olivia Colman is best known for her supporting roles in shows like The Night Manager, Accused and Fleabag. She is a multiple-award-winning actor. So far, she has won four BAFTAs, two golden globes and an Academy Award.

Additionally, the series features an ensemble cast that includes Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Carolyn Pickles, Arthur Darvill and Charlotte Beaumont. Jodie Whittaker stars as Beth Latimer. Whittaker is best known for playing the thirteenth and the first female Doctor in Doctor Who. Prior to Doctor Who, she has appeared in a Black Mirror episode called ‘The Entire History of You’.

Andrew Buchan plays Mark Latimer, Beth Latimer’s husband. Buchan who is known for playing John Mercer in ITV drama series The Fixer (2008–09), and as William Garrow in BBC period drama Garrow’s Law (2009–11). Carolyn Pickles appears in the series as Maggie Radcliffe. Pickles is a prominent stage actor in the West End Theatre, and she is also known for playing Shelley Williams in Emmerdale (ITV).

The British actor and musician Arthur Darvill plays the role of Rev. Paul Coates. Darvill is known for portraying the character of Rory Williams who is one of the Eleventh Doctor’s companions in the series Doctor Who. Additionally, he has starred as Rip Hunter in Legends of Tomorrow. Charlotte Beaumont is a British actor who plays the role of Chloe Latimer. Before starring in this series, she is known for playing Kenzie Calhoun in Waterloo Road.

Broadchurch Plot: What is it about?

The first season of the series concentrates on the homicide of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, with every one of the occupants of the close-knit town of Broadchurch coming under suspicion at one point or the other. Danny’s dad Mark is one of the primary suspects at a certain point, with his whereabouts on the night of the homicide unknown. It is in the end uncovered that he had been having an illicit relationship with the owner of the nearby B&B. DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are in charge of the investigation when their working relationship gets in a tough spot when it is learned that DS Miller had been in line for DI Hardy’s activity. This turns out to be the least of her problems as the season ends with her husband Joe being revealed as the murderer.

As the second season begins, we find out that Joe is not guilty. Following two months of tense courtroom drama, the jury sets him free. The joy soon turns sour for the presumed child killer as Danny’s dad Mark and his friend Nige capture him and with a death threat from Ellie – he is asked to leave for good. He is finally exiled perpetually from Broadchurch on fear of death. Additionally, we observe a resolution to Detective Inspector Alec Hardy’s fixation on the noteworthy Sandbrook case. We come to know that Ricky Gillespie unintentionally murdered Lisa. He crushed her head on the floor in the wake of discovering her in a tryst with Lee Ashworth. Lee Ashworth later executes Young Pippa Gillespie, who witnessed the murder, under instruction from his accomplice Claire Ripley.

The third season is about confronting the rapist of a local woman. After eight episodes of confusion and red herrings, the offender is found out to be trophy-gathering taxi creep Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto). However, he was covering for his high school stepson Michael (Deon Lee-Williams) and Leo Humphries (Chris Mason). The main culprit turns out to be Leo who arrogantly admits his crime later. The story finally settles as we see DI Miller trying to gather himself in the aftermath. Hardy tries to comfort him by stating the fact that Leo is a deranged human and others should not be judged through him.

The final season ends on a great arc where Miller and Hardy unveil the culprit. The show also leaves a cliffhanger for the audience which reveals that Clive was covering for his stepson Michael.

Broadchurch Season 4 Release Date: When will it premiere?

Broadchurch season 3 premiered on ITV on February 27, 2017. After airing for eight episodes, it wrapped up on April 17, 2017.

Both ITV and Chris Chibnall have confirmed that Broadchurch will not be returning for season 4 because it was always meant to be a trilogy with three seasons. The story of Broadchurch can be continued with a spinoff or a prequel featuring a different cast. We will have to wait for any official announcement regarding that.

Until then, Broadchurch season 4 stands cancelled. Chris Chibnall said on BBC Radio 4: “That is it, and there will be no more after this one, absolutely.” He also stated, “It’s been an extraordinary journey with the show it has taken us all by surprise.”

Broadcast Trailer

You can watch the official trailer for Broadchurch season 3 below:

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