The hit ITV drama Broadchurch was originally planned as a trilogy, the chief executive of Kudos has revealed today. The award winning series starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman explored the effect of a shocking murder on a small seaside community.
Speaking at the Broadcast Production & Post Forum at the British Film Institute earlier today, series executive producer Jane Featherstone said that she and Chris Chibnall had always planned for three series of the show if it was successful, and Kudos could potentially back this.
“Chris said, if it was a success, it would be a trilogy,” she explained
She also said that the success of the drama was down to more than the murder mystery, “It had an incredible unity of elements from the lighting to everything else that made you feel something. I think that’s why it was a success and why people wanted to watch. The whodunit [element] just gave you the language to hook into the show,” she added.
Director of Photography, Matt Gray, who also appeared at the event, added that he approached the drama as if it were a documentary
Jane Featherstone would not reveal any information about the second series of Broadchurch, due to go into production next year. However she did confirm that it was not likely to be another murder mystery and would instead replicate the tone of the first series.