Showrunner Chris Chibnall’s acclaimed TV series Broadchurch returned to British screens for its second season Monday night with a stellar 7.6 million viewers and 30% audience share for ITV. That’s up by 800k viewers on the first series opener back in 2013.
The second series sees actors David Tenant and Olivia Colman returning in their roles as police officers in the sleepy Dorset seaside town still haunted by the tragic murder of schoolboy Danny Latimer.
The first season became something of a sensation after its bow in 2013, with a skillfully handled publicity campaign centered around the identity of the killer. It was remade for U.S. audiences under the moniker Gracepoint for Fox, with Tenant reprising his role as the scarred detective.
The second series appear to be shifting genres slightly from a whodunnit procedural thriller to now incorporating elements of a courtroom drama as their trial of Danny’s killer gets underway. The series debut has received largely positive critical notices, with one review praising its “rich and complex tapestry.”
The show will debut in the U.S. on BBC America on March 4.