The sun sets on Broadchurch in new series 3 trailer

Alex Moreland
·Contributor

ITV have released a new trailer for the much awaited third season of their acclaimed drama Broadchurch, which you can watch below:

The trailer opens with a sun setting over Broadchurch, representing the finality that this season will mark – the hit drama will be drawing to a close this year, so it’s very much set to be a last hurrah for these characters moving forward. We can expect to see all our old favourites once more – Olivia Colman and David Tennant will be returning as Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy respectively, while we’ll also see Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker, and Arthur Darvill (amongst others) reprise their roles from previous seasons of Broadchurch.

Chris Chibnall has commented that “This is the final chapter of Broadchurch, and went on to say “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.”

Who are these new characters, then, that will be joining Broadchurch? Mostly likely, they’re going to tie into the new plot for this season, which will see Miller and Hardy investigating a sexual assault within the town. While we don’t know a lot about the characters themselves, we do know who’s going to play them: Charlie Higson, Sarah Parish and Georgina Campbell will all feature in the new series, as well Lennie Henry and Julie Hesmondlalgh. Both Henry and Hesmondlalgh feature prominently in this trailer, suggesting perhaps that Henry is to play the main suspect, while Hesmondlalgh will portray the survivor of the assault.

Indeed, it feels a little as though the new characters feature more in this new trailer than the familiar faces we’re used to – perhaps understandable, though, given this trailer needs to introduce them somewhat and make people aware that the third season will be offering up some new elements.

Certainly, I hope that’s the case across this season; while there’s nothing wrong with further developing the story and introducing new characters, the strengths of Broadchurch always came from the characters and community it depicted. In some ways this was one of the problems with the second season – it lost sight of the best aspect of the first season in an attempt to replicate its plot, without realising that the plot had only ever been a vehicle to develop the characters in the first place.

Similarly, I hope that this third season can tackle the sensitive topic of sexual assault with the same grace that the first season did the death of a child; it’s a particularly complex topic, and one that needs to be handled with care. Thankfully, there’s reason to expect it will be, as Chris Chibnall has reportedly been consulting with both police and response organisations who deal with the matter to this end.

Hopefully, going forward, the third season will be able to strike the same balance the first did so successfully, providing us with both compelling characters and excellent storytelling, alongside a tense and engaging mystery to unravel.

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