Two teaser clips for Broadchurch series two have aired on ITV ahead of the hit crime drama's hotly-anticipated return.
Shown during The X Factor results show on Sunday night, the 20-second trailers give little away bar a glimpse of stormy seas, an unspecified coastline and mysterious phrase "The end is where it begins".
David Tennant and Olivia Colman are confirmed to reprise their lead roles as detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, alongside fellow returning actors Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker and Arthur Darvill.
New cast members for the second run will include Charlotte Rampling, Meera Syal, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy and Eve Myles.
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
A return date is yet to be announced and details of writer Chris Chibnall's next storyline are being kept tightly under wraps. It is expected to air in early 2015.
Last year's award-winning series followed the high profile murder investigation into the death 11-year-old Danny Latimer in a small Dorset town. More than 10 million viewers tuned in to see the killer’s identity revealed in a climatic finale.
The new teasers suggest that series two will pick up where the last ended, at Danny's emotional funeral. Named 'Part 1 of 3' and 'Part 2 of 3', a third teaser is yet to be revealed.
A recent US remake of Broadchurch, entitled Gracepoint, starred Tennant in the same role, although the rest of the cast were replaced with different actors.Reuse content