FOX Announces New Event Series 'Broadchurch' Based on British Crime Drama

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August 1st, 2013

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Network to Produce U.S. Version of Hit British Crime Drama


Boldly continuing its push for quality long-form event series, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) announced today a series order for BROADCHURCH (working title), an American version of the the U.K.’s most-watched new drama of the year. Produced in partnership with Shine America, and to be executive-produced by the original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall (“Dr. Who,” “Camelot”), the gripping crime series is scheduled to begin filming in January, for broadcast during the 2014-2015 season.


Set in an American town, BROADCHURCH (wt) follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.


Chibnall will write the premiere episode and executive-produce the series with Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (“The Bridge”) and Jane Featherstone (“The Hour,” “Utopia”) from drama producers Kudos.  The series will be distributed by Shine International.


Broadcast on the U.K.’s ITV earlier this year, “Broadchurch,” Chibnall's powerfully dark and thought-provoking drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, took the U.K. by storm. Immediately garnering critical acclaim, the series built into a cultural phenomenon, and drew more than 10 million viewers for its season finale.


“BROADCHURCH is the kind of storytelling that grabs your attention and keeps you riveted with every minute – which is exactly what we look for in an event series,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “We love the layered characters, we’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the U.K., and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the U.S. audience.”


“We are thrilled that this compelling series from creator Chris Chibnall and our sister company Kudos is going to be adapted for the American TV audience,” said Rich Ross, CEO, Shine America. “And FOX is the perfect partner to help make BROADCHURCH (wt) an event here in the U.S. as it was earlier this year for millions of British viewers.”


Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos, added: “I am delighted to be working with Chris and everybody to bring BROADCHURCH’s (wt) unique voice and vision to a new coastline, community and culture.”

  • Jerry

    So is this just going to be the exact same story but set in America? The UK version premieres on BBCA next week and I plan on watching that. I don’t see any reason to watch a FOX-ified version if it’s going to follow the same story.

  • Savannah

    As an American who has already seen the original ‘Broadchurch’ I find it increasingly infuriating that we as a country keep remaking British shows. The show is perfectly perfect AS IS. Instead of spending money trying to re-create their success; simply show the original Broadchurch episodes as they already are. The Show is *perfect* just the way it is, and doesn’t need to be remade.

    FOX also continues to prove how out of touch it is by hacking up already successful shows or dragging them out relentlessly past their point of obvious close; for the love of God if you liked Broadchurch why not simply pay ITV the licensing fees to show broadcast it on FOX without commercials?

    Even with Chris Chibnall’s ‘okay’ the original actors beautiful performances cannot be replaced. This is absolutely the worst so-called ‘idea’ FOX has had since cancelling ‘Firefly’ and ‘Kitchen Confidential’.

  • HT

    I agree with Savannah. It’s insulting the American audience who are clearly searching for intelligent programming, instead of rehashed Americanized mainstream crap that people will turn off from. Downton, Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge have all proved their worth on PBS so why don’t the dying networks buy some British and Australian programming? It’s good stuff. They watch our creations, surely we owe them the same courtesy instead of remaking/diluting it all.

  • Freddy Arrow

    Most Americans haven’t (or won’t) watch the British version. They’re only cutting out a small percent of their audience (people that have already seen the British version) by re-doing a British show. You (and your friends) might like the original British versions of these shows, but I’m assuming FOX is correct in thinking mainstream America wants an Americanized version of foreign shows.

  • Tissie

    America did the same with the British mini series Mistresses – exactly the same characters and story line, and ruined it IMO. If its good just air it as it is! Its time to educate the American audience and show them that other countries make good shows and its insulting to remake an americanised version of them.

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