Broadchurch series 2: Show will be 'nothing like Midsomer Murders', says star Andrew Buchan

Actor denies claims the award-wining detective series will descend into average whodunnit

The new series of Broadchurch will be "vastly different" to other murder mystery television series, says one of the stars of the show.

Andrew Buchan, who plays bereaved father Mark Latimer in the Bafta-winning series, told The Independent, “It’ll be nothing like Midsomer Murders and I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way – far from – I’m a huge fan of Neil Dudgeon, if that helps.

“But by that, I just mean plot-wise, it’ll be vastly different. I can’t give anything away about the plot,” he added.

The forthcoming series will take viewers back to Broadchurch and feature the same cast, which is similar to the premise of Midsomer Murders and numerous other whodunits.

Writer Chris Chibnall has also said that the new series will be different to the first and not rely on the same formula this time around.

So far very little is known but earlier this year photos emerged of filming taking place in a graveyard and a heavily pregnant Beth Latimer, played by Jodie Whittaker, which would suggest the story is picking up several months after the events of last year.  

 

To add to the confusion and secrecy, it appears that the makers of Broadchurch are even keeping the cast in the dark over plot details.

Buchan has hinted that none of the actors quite know what to expect this year, “I’ve only read episodes one and two, so I’ve no idea what’s coming.”

“It’s like that feeling, you know at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when he has to step out, where he has to trust that the path is there, we’re all trusting that the path is there. Stepping out and hoping that we’re not going to plummet,” he added.

The first series of the show followed the murder investigation of 11-year-old Danny Latimer in the sleepy seaside town of Broadchurch. 

The Latimer family, with Buchan in the centre, from ITV's 'Broadchurch' The Latimer family, with Buchan in the centre, from ITV's 'Broadchurch'
During filming the cast did not know the identity of the killer, only to be told towards the end of the shoot, and it appears that something similar has happened again this year.

The new series is currently being filmed in Somerset and Dorset, and will return to Broadchurch in the aftermath of the events from last year.

Series two also features the same cast, including David Tennant and Olivia Colman as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller.

Along with the familiar faces, there are some new additions, including Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eve Myles, James D'Arcy and Charlotte Rampling.

Buchan is currently starring in The Honourable Woman on BBC Two.

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