Five things you need to know about Broadchurch

TV Need-to-know: BROADCHURCH

Yippee – Broadchurch is back!

The whodunnit drama gripped the nation in 2013 as DI Hardy (David Tennant) and DI Miller (Olivia Colman) worked to solve the baffling murder-mystery that had gripped a Dorset village: the murder of schoolboy Danny Latimer. Everyone was a suspect and the conclusion was as shocking as it was unexpected.

As the second series returns this evening, we take a little look at five things you might not know about the show…

#1 Broadchurch isn’t really a place

Show creator and writer Chris Chibnall invented the name of the Dorset-based town, saying at the time: “I thought a lot about the literary heritage of this county. In true Thomas Hardy style I came up with a compound location name of Broadchurch combining the West Dorset hamlets of Broadoak and Whitchurch.”

#2 Thomas Hardy references abound

Well, kind of. Hardy is arguably Dorset’s most famous writer, and fittingly makes a couple of subtle appearances in the show. David Tennant’s character, DI Alec Hardy, is one obvious example, whilst in the first series, Jack Marshall is reading none other than Jude The Obscure.

#3 It isn’t based on The Killing

It might be easy to draw comparisons between the two community-based murder mysteries but in reality, Chibnall had the idea for Broadchurch way back in 2002 – five years before The Killing first screened.

#4 The show has broken Twitter records

Over 470,000 tweets were sent about the show, making it ITV’s most Twitter-discussed show ever. During the finale, an average of 8,942 posts were tweeted every minute.

#5 It’s helped tourism in West Bay

The fishing village of West Bay – where a lot of the drama is filmed – saw tourism numbers rocket after the first series. David Tennant was quoted as describing the area as ‘the only place you’d ever want to come on holiday, whilst Olivia Colman described it as ‘idyllic’.

Broadchurch is on ITV at 9pm from this Monday.

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