ITV has ordered a second series of hit murder mystery Broadchurch.

The recommission was confirmed as the drama came to an end last night (22 April) after scoring record ratings for a new drama. Only Life Begins and Doc Martin have launched on ITV with higher ratings.

Produced by Shine’s Kudos Film and Television and Imaginary Friends Productions, the new series, written and created by Chris Chibnall, will go into production next year.

Chibnall said: “The whole Broadchurch team has been delighted and properly gobsmacked by the response from ITV viewers. When I first talked to Peter Fincham and Laura Mackie about Broadchurch, I mentioned that if people liked it, there was another very different story we could tell afterwards. I’m really thrilled we’re going to tell that story too.”

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Series one featured an ensemble cast of David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Pauline Quirke and Vicky McClure.

It is thought that Broadchurch was originally commissioned as a one-off serial rather than a returning series, but the viewing figures and critical praise for the series are thought to have pushed ITV in favour of another series.

Fincham said: “We’re delighted to be commissioning a second series of Broadchurch. From the moment the murder scene was discovered, viewers became gripped by the series, and we’ve been genuinely thrilled by the audience response.  David and Olivia’s performances and Chris’s cleverly crafted scripts have created a truly compelling drama.”  

ITV acting director of drama commissioning Steve November ordered the second series. It is executive produced by Chibnall and Jane Featherstone. Richard Stokes was series producer and the lead director was James Strong, with Euros Lyn directing episode three.