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BBC America Acquires the Rights to Broadchurch, Starring Ten and Rory Williams. I Mean David Tennant and Arthur Darvill. Sorry.


If you live in the UK you already knew you’d get the chance to see Broadchurch, a miniseries about “the events and investigation that unfold in a small coastal town after the murder of a young boy,” a bit later this year. And now we’ve found out that it’s been picked up by BBC America to air in the States as well. Why is that news relevant to our American readers? Only because Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and Arthur Darvill are both in it. We thought you’d like to know.

Tennant will play one of the detectives investigating the case of the murdered boy, while Darvill will play the town priest. The second detective is to be played by Olivia Colman, whom I best know as PC Doris Thatcher from Hot Fuzz, though she’s appeared in a ton of stuff before and since. Interestingly, IMDB notes that Colman played someone’s mother in the first Matt Smith (and, by extension, Arthur Darvill) episode of Doctor Who, though I don’t remember her character.

The eight-part miniseries, written by Doctor Who scribe Chris Chibnall, will air on ITV sometime this year and, to take a wild guess, on BBC America a month or so later at the most? I’ve been unable to find any confirmed information on the British release date, and the American one’s not been set yet, but BBC America tends to not lag behind quite so much as, say, PBS does (looking at you, Downton Abbey). Regardless, you can be sure we’ll be keeping track of this Doctor Who sort of-reunion.

(via: The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Dorium’s Head

    Colman was the mother of a little girl in Amy’s town. Both she and her daughter were used as disguises by Prisoner Zero.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I knew someone would know! I love our readers.

  • Guest

    Olivia Pullman is amazing, she’s done so many great things now, but I always remember her as Harriet in Greenwing, she was hilarious. If you don’t know it look it up, it was a gem of a show.

  • http://twitter.com/AliasSC Ailsa Clarke

    Olivia Pullman is amazing, she’s done so many great things now, but I always remember her as Harriet in Green Wing, she was hilarious. If you don’t know it look it up, it was a gem of a show.

  • http://twitter.com/zeroanaphora Abbie

    Coleman, you mean? I mainly know her from Peep Show, but she shows her qualities as a dramatic actor in the movie Tyrannosaur.

  • http://twitter.com/LanceBravestar1 Lance Bravestar

    I just realized that David Tennant’s name has “Ten” in it!

  • Anonymous

    Father Rory? Man, that’s gonna get some fics started …

  • Kim Williams

    DaughterS, they were twins I believe.

  • http://twitter.com/AliasSC Ailsa Clarke

    yep sorry, I was a bit distracted when I wrote that. She’s just great in a whole spectrum of roles.