When we first heard there was going to be a US remake of Broadchurch we were a little nervous. It was our TV obsession last year, totally brightening up our Mondays and prompting furious office discussion over who killed schoolboy Danny Latimer (each episode pointed the finger towards a different suspect). After eight episodes, we finally found out the culprit (no spoilers, in case you were one of the ten people who didn't watch it). And no, it wasn't who we thought it would be.
The show was such a success that as soon as the final credits rolled, ITV instantly announced another series had been commisioned. And then the US announced they were getting in on the action too - with Fox remaking the show. The remake - which premieres in the US in the autumn - has an all new cast, with the exception of David Tennant, who is in the same detective role he played in the UK show (where he teamed up with Olivia Colman).
Gracepoint, a 10-part series, is based on the same plot line as the UK version, but apparently is “an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative."
However, one look at the trailer that's just been released, and it looks pretty similar to us. In fact, some of the scenes look like they've been replacated completely, right down to the facial expressions.
There is one thing that's different though - David Tennant's accent. And we're not sure it's in a good way. Gone is that lovely Scottish twang, relpaced with an unidentified - and slightly dodgy (sorry David) - US drawl.
In happier Broadchurch news, the second UK series starts filming in a couple of weeks - with Charlotte Rampling confirmed in a new role. And David Tennant back to his lovely Scottish self.