Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker on her "incredibly emotional" casting

In an interview for BBC 6 Music, the actor spoke of her excitement to take on the role and to work again with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who is taking over from Steven Moffatt as head writer and executive producer. “I already know how incredible he is,” she said, adding “He’s come from a fan’s point of view, so the direction he’s going to take it is going to be incredible.”

Chris Chibnall: The man who reinvented the cliffhanger

Most people, asked to identify the show that changed the career of Chris Chibnall, would point to his ITV crime trilogy Broadchurch. But, for Chibnall, the show that altered everything was, unusually, a flop: Camelot, his king-and-wizard drama for the US cable network Starz, which struggled to the end of one season in 2011.

Peter Fincham on his independent production company Expectation

Ah, they remember it well. It was the autumn of 2015 and Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, and Tim Hincks, President of Endemol Shine Group, were having breakfast together.

At least, that’s how Fincham recalls it. Hincks insists it was a drink after work. That detail doesn’t matter. The news they shared, as Fincham explains, did.

Watch the new Broadchurch trailer

The new trailer shows the duo taking on a fresh crime - a brutal sexual assault at a party, with worries that the attacker will strike again. 

Hardy and Miller will investigate the assault that takes place in Dorset, as well as dealing with the emotional damage it subsequently causes everyone connected with the crime.

Season 3 of Broadchurch will return on Monday 27 February at 9pm on ITV.

ITV's new hitmakers

Kevin Lygo’s new job is possibly the biggest in British television – and certainly the most exposed. ITV’s incoming Director of Television must, together with his freshly minted team of commissioning chiefs, arrest a decline in audience that saw the main channel’s viewing share halve between 2000 and 2015.

Downton Abbey is gone, The X Factor is on the wane, and ITV hasn’t launched a breakout hit since Broadchurch in 2013. The company’s share price, which peaked at over 280p last July, fell close to 200p recently.

Broadchurch announces cast of final series

The pair will be joined by new cast members Sarah Parish (Atlantis), Charlie Higson (The Fast Show) Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street) and Mark Bazeley (Home Fires).

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan will also return as Beth and Mark Latimer alongside Arthur Darvill as vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

Olivia Colman to star in new Channel 4 comedy

Olivia Coleman, Julian Barratt, Broadchurch, Mighty Boosh

Flowers comes from BAFTA-nominated writer and actor Will Sharpe (Black Pond).

The show follows dysfunctional family The Flowers, as they struggle against their often self-inflicted misfortune.

Children’s author Maurice (Julian Barratt, The Might Boosh) and his wife Deborah (Colman) are unhappily married, and yet still to divorce.

Life is not easy for the Flowers family. Deborah becomes convinced that Maurice is having a homosexual affair with his illustrator, Shun.

Emily Watson to star in new thriller Apple Tree Yard

Emily, Watson, BAFTA, 2007

The actor will play Yvonne Carmichael, a contented, conventional suburban woman, married with two children and entirely happy with her life.

However a chance encounter with a charismatic and impulsive stranger, played by Ben Chaplin (Cinderella, Mad Dogs) leads to a passionate affair which brings her world crashing down.

As Carmichael struggles to keep her home life and career unaffected by her affair, the fantasy soon overcomes her, bringing about a life-changing act of violence and a Crown Court trial.