A trailer has been released for the final series of Broadchurch.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles of DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller in a third run of the headline ITV drama. This time they are investigating a serious sexual assault in the Dorset community.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan return as Beth and Mark Latimer. They are joined by NTA winner Julie Hesmondhalgh, BAFTA winners Lenny Henry and Georgina Campbell, along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley.

Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

“We start the final series in the trilogy three years on from the last series, five years on from the start. There is a bold new crime story which forces us to ask whether the town has a crack running through it caused by Danny Latimer’s death; is this new crime somehow the long-term legacy of that dark moment? Our central characters must contend with this possibility as they battle to make hope, friendship and love triumph over fear and suspicion, as a host of new suspects present themselves.”  – Jane Featherstone, Executive producer at Sister Pictures

Creator Chris Chibnall has again written all eight episodes which were filmed on location in the now familiar Broadchurch locations of Bridport, West Bay and Clevedon as well as Bristol’s Bottleyard Studios. The drama is a co-production between Endemol subsidiary Kudos, Imaginary Friends and Sister Pictures.

Watch the promo below:

The first series followed the consequences of the tragic death of school boy Danny Latimer and the investigation into who had killed him, with Joe Miller eventually revealed as the culprit.

The second saw Joe plead ‘Not Guilty’ while Danny’s family struggled to come to terms with not only with their son’s death but also the media spotlight and their desperation for justice. DI Alec Hardy also remained determined to solve the Sandbrook case.  

Both series achieved a consolidated series average of over 9 million viewers, although the first was more acclaimed critically.

“With the final series we strive to entertain and to tell a brilliant story, but we’ve never lost sight of our responsibility to do justice to those who may be  affected by this particular investigation. We hope to have struck a balance which sensitively tackles the darker story elements, whilst enabling our audience to comfortably lose themselves in the world of Broadchurch each week.” -Dan Winch, Producer

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