Arthur Darvill appeared on Good Morning Britain today promoting the new series of Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch, in which he appears once again alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman (The Eleventh Hour).
If you’re somehow unaware, Broadchurch is an ITV detective drama series that drew considerable plaudits back in 2013 and gave David Tennant his biggest post-Doctor Who success. It also elevated the profile of writer Chris Chibnall (42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Power of Three) while cementing Olivia Colman as one of Britain’s favourite TV actresses. Set in a small Dorset town called Broadchurch, the series follows the investigation of Tennant and Colman’s police detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller. So successful that it was screened around the world and inspired a US remake (Gracepoint, starring, um, David Tennant), series 2 was in production throughout 2014 and was made on the condition that both Tennant and Colman appeared in it: “We would not have done it, absolutely. Luckily they wanted to come back because they weren’t contracted to,” Chibnall has said.
New names for the second series with a Doctor Who connection are Torchwood’s Eve Myles and The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood guest Meera Syall, and you might just spot them in the trailer above.
Rory Williams actor Arthur Darvill’s appearance on ITV this morning saw him pressed for some details about tonight’s episode, but the actor revealed that the cast have been banned from seeing any of the episodes prior to broadcast. “I haven’t seen it. None of us have seen it. We’re not allowed to see any of it. I’ve seen little bits of it for doing ADR but not a whole episode. From the little tiny nuggets I’ve seen it looks amazing.”
Darvill also pointed out that their job as actors is to focus on their own scenes, rather than those of other characters. “There’s so many of us in it that we all concentrate on our own little bits, so I can’t wait to see everyone else in it.” He also bemoaned the level of secrecy, although we suspect he was joking… “I always get jobs were I’m not allowed to talk about it and end up being good at talking about nothing for quite a long time.”
If you haven’t seen Broadchurch series 1, we advise you to stay well clear of the second set of episodes until you have, lest a major spoiler ruin the 2013 series.
Otherwise, tune into ITV1 tonight, Monday 5th January for 9pm!