David Tennant talking about the Broadchurch remake, Gracepoint.  Personally, I dislike what they’re doing here, but I can’t entirely rule out the possibility that I’ll watch.  More of a curiosity thing than anything else.

New Cast Member For Broadchurch

Since I’m a Torchwood fan, I find this news from Anglophenia very exciting!:

While all eyes have understandably been on David Tennant in Gracepoint, plans for the second season of the original Broadchurch are already well under way, and ITV have just released some details of the cast.

As you’d expect, given the show’s close ties with the production of Doctor Who—David Tennant, Arthur Darvill, David Bradley and Olivia Colman, for starters, and also director Euros Lyn and writer/creator Chris Chibnall—there’s at least one new crossover, in the form of Torchwood and The Unquiet Dead’s Eve Myles.

She’ll be keeping good company too, as the series also welcomes aboard Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without A Trace, Private Practice), James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock) and relative newcomer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Blandings, The Café).

In a press-release, Chris said: “As if we didn’t have enough fabulous actresses, it’s a thrill to be joined by Wales’ finest, Eve Myles. Having worked together on Torchwood, it’s a joy to be able to welcome her to Broadchurch.”

Chris continued: “Anyone who’s seen Phoebe Waller-Bridge perform knows she’s already on the way to being a superstar. We’re lucky to have them both on board.

“Marianne is one of Britain’s finest actresses, so it’s an honor and a coup for us. It’s a role written specifically for her and I would’ve wept for months if she’d turned us down. Luckily she didn’t and her character is going to make an indelible impact on the world of Broadchurch.:

Jane Featherstone, executive producer, added: “It’s never easy to tempt actors back from Hollywood, and we feel privileged that James is joining us as a key part of our new story.”

Broadchurch Remake

In case you haven’t already heard, the US network Fox is doing a remake of Broadchurch.  After the Stars network took over Torchwood, I physically winced a the news.  I was also not a fan of the Americanized version of Shameless (I LOVED the original version) or The Office (though I was never that big a fan to start with).  The thought of another American network ruining beautiful British programming physically turns my stomach.

Apparently it will be called Gracepoint.  It will run for 10 episodes and the killer will be different than on Broadchurch… and it will star David Tennant.  You have my attention, but I’m still not completely on board with this…

I just don’t understand why the need to remake the series as opposed to just paying for the rights to air it.  I also don’t understand why Tennant needs an American accent.  Is the idea of a Scottish accent that scary?

What do you think?  Here’s the trailer:

Broadchurch Series 2

According to Radio Times, our favorites are back for Series 2!

After over a year of rumours and speculation, can exclusively reveal that David Tennant and Olivia Colman will both be returning for the second series of Broadchurch.

The pair – who played crime-solving duo DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller – will be joined by Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan who portrayed parents of the murdered schoolboy Danny Latimer, as well as Arthur Darvill who will reprise his role as Reverend Paul Coates.

But while the return of the local police force and Latimer family all but confirms the action will remain in Broadchurch, writer Chris Chibnall and his team are keeping silent on what will unfold when the second series hits screens.

“We’re delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we’re remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops,” said ITV’s director of drama, Steve November. “Suffice to say Chris has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series.”

“The reaction to Broadchurch from UK viewers has been incredible,” added executive producer Jane Featherstone, “so we’d like viewers to enjoy the new series knowing as little as possible about what’s to come and for the story to unfold in real time.”

James Strong – who directed five episodes of series one – will also return to direct the first two instalments of the new series when filming begins in Dorset shortly. There is no word yet on whether fellow cast members Pauline Quirke, Charlotte Beaumont, Vicky McClure or Will Mellor will reprise their roles.

While it was anticipated that Colman would return to the award-winning drama, Tennant’s participation had been under question after he signed up to star in the show’s US remake Gracepoint opposite Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn. In the British version, his character was last seen suffering a heart attack and looked so worse for wear that Chibnall recently hinted to that his days might be numbered.

Meanwhile, Colman’s DS Ellie Miller had her life ripped apart during the series finale after it emerged her husband Joe was responsible for Danny Latimer’s death.

The first series of Broadchurch aired on ITV last spring and quickly gripped the nation, becoming one of the most-watched TV dramas of the year and pulling in over 9 million viewers during its series finale. The commission of a second series was revealed to fans following the final broadcast when the words “Broadchurch will return” appeared after the end credits.

Watch our interview with Broadchurch star Olivia Colman below…


Speaking with the Radio Times, David Tennant says he was tempted to make a bet on the new Doctor.  Read below:

Despite having insider knowledge of both Broadchurch and Doctor Who, David Tennant says he managed to resist the temptation to make a killing by betting on the mysteries that surrounded the two shows.

Earlier this year, the nation – and, subsequently, the bookies – were gripped by the case of who killed 11 year old Danny Latimer in ITV’s whodunit Broadchurch. Several months later, Doctor Who dominated the bookies’ attention with the question of who would take over from Matt Smith as the twelfth Doctor.

Speaking in the new issue of Radio Times, Tennant, who had starring roles in both shows, says he refused to abuse his position. “I knew about the choice [of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor] a few days before, but didn’t put money on it, or when Broadchurch became the bookies’ favourite.

“It was tempting, but then I thought it would be traced back and the carnage that would cause in the popular press… It’s basic cowardice and hopefully a lack of avarice. Don’t make me out to be entirely without virtue.”

The actor, who is set to star in David Wolstencroft’s legal drama The Escape Artist on Tuesday, also talks about how the role of Broadchurch’s rude, hard-nosed detective Alec Hardy has bled through to real life.

“I’d love to be rude,” he says. “It doesn’t change the world, but it makes me feel better and is hugely liberating. I’d like to be much ruder to people who put their elbow in your face on the Tube, or don’t look where they’re going.”

The Escape Artist sees Tennant play Will Burton: a talented barrister who specialises in getting his clients out of tight legal corners. Having starred in The Politician’s Husband earlier this year, however, he laments that TV crime is more popular than political drama.

“I guess the terrible truth is not enough viewers are interested. They should be. If you don’t have an opinion and don’t vote you have no right to complain about anything. Just shut up and pay your taxes. This is my question for Radio Times readers: why are there so few political dramas on television? And why am I not in one? I’m ready, and have some gaps next year.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times magazine, on sale Tuesday 22 October

Darvill Talks Broadchurch

BBC America interviewed Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams Pond) about Broadchurch:

It’s safe to say that Arthur Darvill’s career has officially taken off. Not only
does he now have two tremendous television projects to his credit (‘Doctor Who’
and ‘Broadchurch’) but he is currently starring as Guy in the smash Broadway
musical ‘Once.’ We caught up with Mr. Darvill in New York to chat about his
elusive ‘Broadchurch’ character, the vicar Paul Coates, as well as how the
popular series has changed his life.

BBC AMERICA: What’s new and different about a show like ‘Broadchurch’ that people are responding to so well? Is there a secret ingredient?

ARTHUR DARVILL: Chris [Chibnall] is a brilliant writer, and he’s been wanting to write [‘Broadchurch’] for a while. He’s very passionate and he’s very good at what he does, and he was allowed to actually write it and make it the way he wanted to. It’s made with real heart and detail and just has the most wonderful collection of people involved from Chris to the directors to the script editors and of course the cast. It was just an amazing meeting of people wanting to make the best piece of work possible.

BBCA: How did the tension on screen between the characters translate on set? Did you guys all get along? I heard you had to swear off drinking in pubs because the producers were worried you’d give away the killer! Is that true?

AD: (laughs) Well the thing is we didn’t know who it was until about a week before we filmed the last show, and we had a sweepstakes guy [taking bets]. And then Chris was about to tell us, and we all went, “Please don’t tell us, we just want to read it [the script] when we get it!”

BBCA: So you guys all found out at the same time?

AD: We all found out by reading it. We were given the script on the same day, and we didn’t see anyone for a few hours while we read it. It was such a massive cast, and for me I was sort of in and out of filming. But we all got on really well. A lot of us already knew each other. It was just a really good cast of nice people. But there was still some tension as there was sensitive stuff being done, and I think everyone had real respect for each other for what each had to do, and also knew when to have a laugh outside of it as well, which was necessary to alleviate some of that pressure.

BBCA: What’s your favorite facet about your character? What would you be interested in exploring in more depth if given the opportunity?

AD: Being a vicar within the community I think there was a lot of pressure. Even without crisis you have to live by this moral code, and there’s stuff that you very deeply believe in that can help people when they’re in trouble. And something like this I think just wraps up that responsibility. Especially being sort of a youngish vicar in that position, I think the pressure to do the right thing, to actually help…I’m quite interested that Paul does have a dark side as well, and they kind of discuss where he’s come from. I think religion’s kind of saved him as a person, and I don’t think he has much else, and it’s quite a lonely existence. I think I ‘d be interested in exploring more of that and how he deals with that as he gets older.

BBCA: To that point, where do you go from here with ‘Broadchurch’? There’s been talks of a possible second series. Will you be participating, and if so in what capacity?

AD: I have no idea yet. It depends. I mean I’m in touch with the production company and my agent, but I actually don’t know. I’m meant to be doing the next series. Whether that’s an episode or a whole series, it’s quite nice not knowing because I really can’t give anything away. I’d quite like to find out soon so I can plan my life! (laughs)

BBCA: What kind of feedback have you gotten here while you’ve been in America?

AD: You know, people have been great. I meet people every night after [‘Once’] and people say “Well done.” People mention ‘Broadchurch’ more than ‘Doctor Who’ now! They’re really into it. I’m really pleased. And when people say, “Oh my god, ‘Broadchurch’ is brilliant,” I generally go “I know!” I think it’s amazing. When I watched it I was hooked, and I [already] knew what happened. I couldn’t stop watching it.

BBCA: Are people trying to get the killer out of you?

AD: You know what? All my mates were trying to get it out of me because they [wanted] to put a bet on, because all the bookies were running bets in the UK. But yeah, the response has been amazing, and I’m as much a fan as being involved in it.

BBCA: Wasn’t the part written for you?

AD: Yeah most of the parts were written for us. Chris came up to me on the ‘Doctor Who’ set and said, I’ve written you a part for TV, do you want to do it? And I basically said…”yes!”

Don’t miss ‘Broadchurch’ Wednesdays at 10/9c, only on BBC AMERICA.

Darvill Interview

The Big Issue had a nice interview with Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) on his new project:

“It’s a bit of a monster,” claims Arthur Darvill. “The whole thing is very ambitious and something I am very proud of.”

Speaking from the picturesque balcony of his New York apartment (“I can see the Empire State Building from my balcony, which I still find ridiculous”), the 31-year-old Doctor Who alumnus isn’t referring to his lead in Tony award-winning musical, Once. Although thanks to its current stellar Broadway run, Darvill’s star has never been brighter Stateside.

The Brummie actor is musing on his new project back in London. Wearing his composer’s hat, the self-confessed “soul man” is making history at Shakespeare’s Globe, having penned the score for the first musical ever to be staged at the venerable venue.

The Lightning Child – a ‘remix’ of Euripides’ Greek tragedy The Bacchae – is his biggest composition to date. It reunites Darvill with writer Ché Walker and director Matthew Dunster five years after the trio brought The Frontline to the Globe in what was the first contemporary play ever to be staged within the renowned wooden ‘O’.

“I’m really surprised that there hasn’t been a musical at the Globe before,” Darvill says. “It’s a space that is crying out for big soul tunes. We will get people moving.”

Darvill’s buoyant personality has lit up the stage and screen in the last couple of years: appearing alongside Matt Smith in Doctor Who bagged him a primetime following, and led directly to his role as vicar Paul Coates in sinister whodunnit drama Broadchurch.

The Lightning Child struck a chord with his first love: music. “Music has always played a big role in my life,” he reflects. “My dad’s a keyboard player, mainly Hammond organ, who played for Ruby Turner and Steel Pulse, and toured with Fine Young Cannibals.

“Growing up in Birmingham there was a big reggae scene, with UB40, that kind of thing. It was all around me and it’s in my bones. Then meeting Ché opened my eyes to writing for theatre.”

This doesn’t mean composing the sexed-up, riotous modern remix of a Dionysian epic was easy, however. “When Ché first sent me a copy of the script it was three times as long as it is now and sat on my desk for a year,” Darvill explains.

“I just didn’t know where to start. This has been a real stretch for me. There was no restriction and I had to research so many different styles of music going back generations. It’s been a real learning curve.”

If it’s not quite Doctor Who meets Shakespeare jamming over a 2 Tone Records back catalogue, The Lightning Child does transcend generations in a way that the Time Lord himself would be proud of.

Classical and contemporary, its cast of real and imagined characters – including Billie Holiday, Neil Armstrong, Caster Semenya, a couple of heroin addicts and a pitbull terrier named Cleopatra – explores the musical roots of Ancient Greece and the squats of contemporary London. And this is before a group of intoxicated worshippers gather in pre-Christian Africa to honour the god Dionysus with orgiastic rites, to the disgust of prudish king Pentheus.

Ché Walker explains: “People need to expect the unexpected. You won’t have seen anything like this before. My dream is that people will still be thinking about this play long after they have left.”

Walker’s dream of bringing the 2,400-year-old Athenian tragedy to life began in the 1990s. “It’s probably been 20 years in the making, since I was first involved in a student production of The Bacchae at drama school,” he says. “It was electrifying and from the very first moment it gripped me.

“It was my first exposure to Greek drama and I’ll never forget it. With Euripides, he put regular folk at the centre of his work – a fisherman, a servant and so on – and this was a really radical thing to do in his day. That stuck with me.”

This ethos also resonates in his teaching experiences. Walker is one of Britain’s most respected contemporary playwrights and finds time to work with Camden’s Wac Arts, which offers affordable training to young people, as well as at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). “Teaching is something that I am most proud of,” he says. “It’s my espresso and it keeps my feet firmly on the ground.”

But, he points out, it is at grassroots level that the continuing erosion of Britain’s arts budgets is having the most devastating effects. Just weeks ago councils in England were told their cultural spending will be cut by another £124m by March.

“We are witnessing tremendous funding cuts,” he says regretfully. “It’s very difficult to see and is just coming from all angles. We don’t want the industry to become inaccessible to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The Globe is in many ways a perfect home for Walker, with his egalitarian worldview and passion for entertaining the masses with riotous, mould-breaking and thought-provoking productions.

“It was only when I finished writing The Lightning Child that I realised how suited it was to the scale and noisiness that the Globe is known for,” he says. “It felt like a natural fit.”

The Lightning Child is at Shakespeare’s Globe from September 14 to October 12