A clue to the twists and turns which will be revealed in the next series of Broadchurch has been inserted in a new book accompanying the award-winning drama.
Series two of the ITV murder-mystery series, which captivated 10 million viewers, is currently being filmed in West Bay, Dorset.
Whilst the plot is strictly under wraps, Chris Chibnall, Broadchurch creator, has inserted a clue in a spin-off novel, penned by thriller writer Erin Kelly, published next month.
“About three days before we went to press, Chris put in one tiny little clue about something that happens in series two,” Kelly told Radio Times. “It’s something only the die-hards will pick up on, but there’s one line quite early on in the book that won’t make sense to anybody.”
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
The author believes Broadchurch obsessives will find the clue. “There’s one little phrase in there – I‘m going to be checking out the chatrooms to see if people have picked up on it. It’s just something that’s very playful that he (Chris) did right at the last minute," she said.
The author of The Ties That Bind and The Poison Tree is surprised at the attention lavished upon the series: “You tend to get this level of detail when it’s fantasy or science fiction but when it’s a straightforward classic British murder drama it doesn’t usually attract that kind of fanaticism.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman, who played detectives investigating the murder of a young boy, are joined by newcomers Charlotte Rampling and James D’Arcy in the new series.
Chibnall has the plot for Broadchurch 2 mapped out on whiteboards in an office in his Dorset home. “You have to be very methodical. It’s like a mathematical puzzle where you put all these blocks together and move them around for the most satisfying thing,” he said.
The Broadchurch cast have also been sworn to secrecy over the plot. Chibnall said: “We’re very strict. I’d love people to know as little as possible about it when it airs on ITV. I want you to follow the story when I’m telling it, not before.”
Tennant reprises his role, with an American accent, in a Fox remake of the Bafta-winning drama, called Gracepoint.