ITV’s Broadchurch took home the Arqiva BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series last night along with its stars, Olivia Colman and David Bradley, who took home statues for Leading Actress and Supporting Actor, respectively. The night’s other big winners were Sean Harris for his leading role in Southcliffe and Sarah Lancashire as Supporting Actress in Last Tango in Halifax. Dominic Mitchell’s In The Flesh was awarded Best Mini-Series and Breaking Bad took home Best International Series.
Following on from it’s BAFTA glory comes the news that David Tennant and Olivia Colman will both be returning to Broadchurch for its second season later this year. Other returning regulars are Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill along with newcomer Charlotte Rampling (Dexter) who will star in a major new role.
David Threlfall (Shameless) will star in a new two-part drama for ITV about former Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker and Alec Jeffreys, who together pioneered the use of DNA fingerprinting in order to catch a killer. Titled, Code of a Killer, the series has been written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap and Ransom) and is set to begin shooting in September.
The BBC announced that comedian, Frank Skinner, is set to star in an episode of Doctor Who. The upcoming eighth series will feature other guest stars such as Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), Hermione Norris (The Crimson Field), Ben Miller (Death in Paradise) and Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons).
Over in the US, the networks have been busy announcing their schedules for the new television season, with highlights including a trailer for The CW’s, The Flash. Reprising his role from Arrow, Grant Gustin will star as Barry Allen, a nerdy CSI bent on discovering the truth behind his mother’s mysterious death. But when he is hit by lightning during a freak storm, he finds his life changed forever.
The highly anticipated How I Met Your Dad may be dead in the water, with news that CBS has passed on the How I Met Your Mother spin-off. It now remains to be seen whether another network will pick up the sitcom.