Without delving into the whole Broadchurch vs. Gracepoint thing, let’s just say I’m very excited for the original to return. Tennant is back as the appropriately accented DI Alec Hardy, the glorious Olivia Colman is his partner, DS Ellie Miller, and while the town of Dorset is recovering from a terrible murder, Ellie has her own shock and healing to get through. Though specific plot details haven’t been released, writer/creator Chris Chibnall has mentioned the focus will be on a shattered community rebuilding itself. The trailer does provide some hints though, so have a watch and we’ll get to those in a moment.
Firstly, I must mention how fantastic Tennant’s expressions always are; when that guy takes on a role, his face is all in.
Second, Ellie asks “Where were you both the night those girls disappeared?” Right away, we know they’re probably dealing with two more murders. Turns out there are a couple more clues. Hardy has a blink and you’ll miss it flashback of a young girl wearing a pendant, possibly a reference to his Series 1 failed Sandbrook case.
You may recall that Hardy was also suffering some health (heart) problems, and as he tells Ellie, he needs her help to work the case. New cast member James D’Arcy receives a beatdown, then tells Hardy he wants his life back.
Presumably, D’Arcy’s character is suspected of something related to the new (old?) case, and somebody’s taking justice into his/her own hands. Also joining Series 2 are Charlotte Rampling (!), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (!), Eve Myles (Gwen!), Meera Syal, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Returning cast members include Arthur Darville’s Reverend Coates, Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker as Mark and Beth Latimer, Joe Sims as Nige Carter, Carolyn Pickles as Maggie Radcliffe, Jonathan Bailey as Olly Stevens, Charlotte Beaumont as Chloe Latimer, and Pauline Quirke as Susan Wright.
Series 2 airs on ITV beginning January 5th, and sometime in early 2015 on BBC America (See a second, less interesting trailer at that link).