Colman, who played DS Ellie Miller in the hit ITV crime drama, was devastated to learn that her husband Joe killed 11-year-old Danny Latimer in Broadchurch.
But in Gracepoint, while Joe (Josh Hamilton) is still outed as a paedophile, it emerges that the couple’s son Tom (Jack Irvine) is the real culprit after accidentally hitting Danny with an oar.
The story goes like this: Tom follows his father to one of his “secret meetings” with Danny, only to see him chase his friend after his sexual advances are spurned.
Tom throws an oar in between his father and Danny but it all goes very wrong and Danny is killed on impact. Joe is arrested and Ellie (Anna Gunn) makes him promise to serve a murder sentence in order to protect Tom.
Tom is blameless in Broadchurch with Joe (Matthew Gravelle) strangling Danny after growing concerned that their inappropriate relationships would be exposed.
Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox, told viewers in January to expect a “different” climax in Gracepoint.
“We’re doing ten episodes, they did eight,” he said. “We have a different ending so there will be something to stay tuned for.”
The Gracepoint finale aired last Thursday 11 December. There will not be a second season after ratings averaged at a disappointing 3.5 million viewers per episode.
Meanwhile series two of Broadchurch returns to UK screens in early January and will likely focus on the suspicious abduction of two local girls.
Meet the cast of Broadchurch 2
Meet the cast of Broadchurch 2
1/12 Broadchurch 2 cast
The Broadchurch 2 cast read through Chris Chibnall's 'brilliant' new script ahead of shooting
2/12 David Tennant
He's been making the US version of Broadchurch (Gracepoint) but Tennant has been confirmed to return for the second series in Dorset. The former Doctor Who star plays DI Alec Hardy in the crime drama - but will his troubling heart problems get the better of him this time around?
3/12 James D'Arcy
James D'Arcy, known for Cloud Atlas and Hitchcock, is another new face for Broadchurch series 2. Executive producer Jane Featherstone has promised he will be a 'thrilling and important' addition
4/12 Olivia Colman
Fresh from her Best Actress win at the 2014 TV Baftas, Colman will be back as DS Ellie Miller for the second series of Broadchurch. Her character has been re-invented by Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn but Colman insists she is not 'really cross' at her stateside replacement. Colman has read the first few scripts of Broadchurch 2 and says they are 'brilliant'
5/12 Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Black British actress Jean-Baptiste, pictured here in James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, is a new arrival on Broadchurch. Creator Chris Chibnall said he would have 'wept for months' if she had turned down a role that was specifically written with her in mind. Jean-Baptiste is set to make an 'indelible impact' on the show, apparently
6/12 Charlotte Rampling
Veteran film and TV actress Charlotte Rampling will play a new character in Broadchurch, with details being kept as hushed as possible, bar that her role will be 'integral'. 'There's none more exceptional than Charlotte' said creator Chris Chibnall
7/12 Jodie Whittaker
Whittaker will reprise her role as Beth Latimer, mother to murdered 11-year-old schoolboy Danny and friend of Ellie Miller. She was in attendance at the 2014 TV Baftas to receive the award for Best Drama Series for Broadchurch
8/12 Eve Myles
Torchwood and Frankie star Eve Myles is set for a central role in Broadchurch 2 but once again, details are being kept heavily under wraps
9/12 Arthur Darvill
Arthur Darvill will be back as local vicar and recovering alcoholic Reverend Paul Coates
10/12 Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is known for her work in several acclaimed stage productions and is described as being 'on the way to superstardom' by Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall
11/12 Andrew Buchan
Andrew Buchan will return for Broadchurch series 2 as Danny's father Mark Latimer. Mark was one of the first suspects in the hunt for Danny's killer
12/12 Meera Syal
Meera Syal, who is renowned as a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me, will have a "pivotal" role in series 2
Creator Chris Chibnall is keeping the plot tightly under wraps, with David Tennant set to return as DI Alec Hardy alongside Coleman.Reuse content