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Top UK crime drama's Broadchurch and Fortitude - Soon on ABCTV

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  Olivia Colman and David Tennant return in a new season of Broadchurch  image source -

Olivia Colman and David Tennant return in a new season of Broadchurch
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Two of the UK’s hottest dramas will screen on ABC TV on Sunday February 15 when the highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed British drama Broadchurch returns for a second series (8.30PM), and hot on its heels and fast-tracked, the thrilling new 12-part thriller Fortitude (9.20PM).

In series 2 of Broadchurch, David Tennant returns as DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman reprises her role as DS Ellie Miller, whose life was torn apart when her husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer in the seaside town.

Along with Tennant and Colman, Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan return as Danny’s parents Beth and Mark Latimer; Arthur Darvill as the Reverend Paul Coates; Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe, and Simone McAulley as publican Becca Fisher.

Series 2 also stars legendary Emmy-nominated film and television actress Charlotte Rampling; Academy award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste; James D’Arcy (Hitchcock), Eve Myles (Little Dorritt) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Bad Education).

The directing team includes Australian award-winning directors Jessica Hobbs (The Slap) and Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man).  Hobbs directed eps 3 and 4; Teplitzky eps 5 and 6. 

Series 1 of Broadchurch achieved a combined metro and regional average audience of 1.5 million viewers, making it one of ABC TV’s top programs of 2013.

Fortitude also boasts a stellar cast including: Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Sofie Grabol (The Killing), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers).

 Fortitude is a peaceful town surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape, until a prominent member of the community is found  eviscerated in his own home.  Suddenly the town’s police chief Sheriff Anderssen (Dormer) has his first ever murder to investigate.  And he has to do so alongside an out–of-town detective who has flown into town so fast that questions are being asked about how much he knew, and when.