Broadchurch 2: Cast not allowed to watch episodes says Arthur Darvill

The popular ITV show's return tonight has been shrouded in secrecy

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Hit crime drama Broadchurch returns to our living rooms tonight, shrouded in mystery. But as it turns out, it is not only viewers who have been kept heavily in the dark about the new storyline.

Arthur Darvill, who plays local vicar Paul Coates in the ITV show, has revealed that not even cast members have been allowed to watch the second series in full.

“I haven’t seen it. None of us have seen it. We’re not allowed to see any of it,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“I’ve seen little bits of it for doing ADR (automated dialogue replacement) but not a whole episode. From the little tiny nuggets I’ve seen it looks amazing.

“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.”


Darvill, known for playing Doctor Who companion Rory Williams, added that viewers can expect “a lot of surprises” but refused to let slip any plot details.

“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,” he said.

The Broadchurch cast are believed to have signed confidentiality clauses forbidding them from sharing any storyline elements.

Different endings of Broadchurch series two were filmed in a further bid to prevent the final conclusion being leaked, and the actors were only given partial scripts while shooting.

Tune in to see Broadchurch’s hotly-awaited return at 9pm on ITV tonight.