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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Season 2 of ‘Broadchurch’ on the horizon

Remember, last year, that terrific BBC drama “Broadchurch,” which was everything “The Killing” wasn’t? Now I hear that plans are afoot for Season 2, set to air in England later this year (not sure when we’ll see it here). Olivia Colman (who just won a BAFTA TV Award for this show) and David Tennant are set to reprise their roles as Detectives Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy, thrown together in Season 1 to investigate the murder of a child in Miller’s quiet seaside hometown. I won’t get too specific here, just in case anyone reading hasn’t seen Season 1 yet, but it’ll be fascinating to see how Miller’s character is changed by the revelations of the final episode. Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan, as the dead boy’s parents, are also returning for Season 2, as is Arthur Darvill as the town’s young vicar. Intriguing news for the second season: new cast members have been added, in the formidable form of Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eve Myles and James D’Arcy (so good recently as Anthony Perkins in “Hitchcock”). Filming begins this month in Dorset and Somerset (the same locations where Season 1 was filmed); it can’t arrive at my TV soon enough.

Oh, and the American remake of “Broadchurch”? It’s called “Gracepoint,” it’ll be on FOX this fall, and it looks . . . um, exactly like “Broadchurch” . . .

It’s been a little while since I’ve seen the original, but this almost looks like a shot-for-shot remake, at least judging from the trailer. Hmm.

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