A crew behind the second season of crime drama Broadchurch has been criticised by members of Britain's coastguard for shooting scenes on a potentially dangerous clifftop. The British series, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, has been filming along the south coast of England in Dorset, and crew members have been spotted setting up shots at the edge of a precarious bluff.
Jamie Staple, station officer for West Bay Coastguards, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "(If we had known the crew's plans) we would have told them not to do it. These cliffs are always dangerous. It's not a case of if they fall, it's a case of when they fall."
A spokesman for Portland Coastguard adds, "We always advise people to stay away from cliff edges because they are so unstable, and especially this year with the weather we have had... People need to stay away and definitely away from any recent fall; either below the cliffs or anywhere that's overhanging."
A representative for the TV crew says, "The Broadchurch production team were granted permission to film in the area by the local council and the National Trust. We take health and safety of crew very seriously and do multiple pre-filming visits of the area to ensure any filming on these cliffs is as safe as possible. Precautions are always taken to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the cast and crew."
Broadchurch has been adapted for the U.S. as Gracepoint, with Tennant starring opposite Breaking bad's Anna Gunn.
The creator of hit British crime drama Broadchurch has begged locals who live near the set to keep second season spoilers secret. The new series of the murder mystery show, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, is soon to begin filming in Dorset, England and creator/writer Chris Chibnall has issued a plea for discretion to local residents who may witness key scenes being shot.
He says, "We're coming back to film around West Bay and Clevedon (in Dorset). We're all thrilled about returning, especially given how supportive the whole community was last time. And if the community are able to keep our secrets as well as they did last time, we'll be ever so grateful."
An American adaptation of the show, Gracepoint, starring Tennant alongside Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn, will air later this year (14).
Hit crime drama Broadchurch was a triple winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (18May14). The detective series picked up the Leading Actress prize for Olivia Colman, Supporting Actor for David Bradley and the top honour of the night for Best Drama.
Colman's win marked the star's third TV BAFTA prize, after claiming two trophies last year (13) for her roles in Twenty Twelve and Accused.
Overwhelmed with emotion upon receiving the award, Colman said through tears, "Well, Broadchurch, I'm so pleased everyone likes it. Chris Chibnall is a f**king genius, thank you for writing it! And (co-star) David Tennant, standing opposite you is a joy and a treat."
Double winners also included veteran presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who were feted with both Entertainment Performance and Entertainment Programme for Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, while comedy The IT Crowd earned both Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade the Female and Male Performance in a Comedy Programme, respectively.
Other awards were handed to Southcliffe star Sean Harris for Leading Actor, Sarah Lancashire for Supporting Actress in Last Tango in Halifax, U.S. drug drama Breaking Bad for the International prize and Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor earned the Radio Times Audience Award.
Veteran TV star Cilla Black was lauded for her decades of work with the Special Award, while Julie Walters was given BAFTA's highest honour, the BAFTA Fellowship, for her contribution to film and TV.
During her acceptance speech she said, "When I told my mother I wanted to be an an actress in 1969, she said: 'She'll be in the gutter before she's 20'. But what a gutter, and I shared that gutter with some of the most amazing and talented people without whom I would not have a career."
Talk show host Graham Norton hosted the event for the second year in a row at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling has landed a leading TV role in the second series of U.K. hit Broadchurch. The Swimming Pool star will play a "pivotal" part in the follow-up to Chris Chibnall's 2013 crime mystery series, about the murder of a schoolboy in an English coastal town.
No further details of her character has been announced, but Chibnall admits he is thrilled to have such a revered actress on board.
He says, "Charlotte Rampling! We've been keeping this secret for months, it's been agony! We have another big story to tell this year, and that meant finding exceptional actors for new roles. There's none more exceptional than Charlotte: to be writing for her is a dream come true. As you can imagine, Charlotte's character is an integral part of our new story - but that's where we're drawing a veil, for now..."
David Tennant and Olivia Colman will reprise their detective roles for the second season of the show, which is currently being adapted for the U.S.
Rampling has mainly focused on film work throughout her career, but received acclaim for her guest appearance as Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the final season of U.S. crime show Dexter last year (13).
David Tennant and Olivia Colman have been confirmed to reprise their roles in a follow-up to British TV sensation Broadchurch. The crime drama was a massive hit when it aired in the U.K. last year (13) and is currently being remade for America.
TV detective series Broadchurch was the toast of the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards in London on Friday (28Mar14). The show, starring David Tennant, picked up three honours, including Best Drama Series.
Olivia Colman was named Best Actress and creator Chris Chibnall picked up the BPG Writer award.
12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor landed the Best Actor prize for his role in BBC drama Dancing on the Edge, and Jamie Dornan, the star of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation, scored the Breakthrough Award for The Fall.
Meanwhile, longrunning BBC competition show Strictly Come Dancing was named Best Entertainment Programme, and Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies was awarded the Harvey Lee Award for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting.
Actor Idris Elba picked up one of the top prizes at Britain's Royal Television Society Awards in London on Tuesday (18Mar14). The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star landed the Best Male Actor Award for his role in U.K. detective series Luther, while Olivia Colman picked up the Best Actress accolade for crime drama Broadchurch.
Other winners at the ceremony, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, included Game of Thrones, which was named Best International Programme, and Broadchurch, which landed Best Drama Serial.
Beloved U.K soap opera Coronation Street was crowned Best Soap and Continuing Drama, while Poirot actor David Suchet was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.
TV bosses behind the U.S. remake of acclaimed U.K. crime drama Broadchurch have defended their decision to adapt the show for American viewers. Scottish actor David Tennant and Olivia Colman proved a hit when they led the cast in the murder mystery last year (13), and executives at Fox are preparing to start shooting a U.S. version called Gracepoint this month (Jan14).
Tennant will reprise his role as a troubled detective in the show, alongside Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn, but the re-boot has caused concern among some American fans of the original.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday (13Jan14), Fox boss Kevin Reilly insisted the show's ending will be changed to ensure viewers remain intrigued.
He said, "There are cultural particularities that would cap it off. We're doing 10 episodes, they did eight. We have a different ending so there will be something to stay tuned for."
Acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey is among the big contenders at Britain's upcoming National Television Awards. The TV show has scored a nod in the Drama category along with Call The Midwife, Broadchurch and sci-fi series Doctor Who, while Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith is up for the best Drama Performance prize.
The veteran actress will compete against Doctor Who's Matt Smith as well as Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife).
Other big names in the competition include Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who will battle Luther's Idris Elba for the top TV Detective title, along with Broadchurch co-stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman, who will compete against each other for the prize.
Law & Order UK star Bradley Walsh is also included in the category, along with Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey).
The awards will be handed out in a cermeony at London's O2 Arena on 22 January (14).
Scottish actor David Tennant is to remake his hit U.K. crime drama Broadchurch for American audiences with Anna Gunn as his new co-star. The former Doctor Who star won critical acclaim for his role as a detective in the murder mystery opposite Olivia Colman as his onscreen police sidekick, and now he is to return in a new version of the show with Breaking Bad actress Gunn.
Broadchurch will become Gracepoint in the American adaptation for the Fox network, and the series will also star Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the role originally played by Pauline Quirke in the U.K. show.
Gracepoint will begin filming in January (14).