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article imageDavid Tennant in ‘Gracepoint’ (‘Broadchurch’) — first trailer

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 13, 2014 in Entertainment
Fox have released the first teaser trailer showing David Tennant as DI Hardy in “Gracepoint,” its US remake of the hit British drama, “Broadchurch.”
As with Broadchurch, Gracepoint has been created by Chris Chibnall (Camelot) and both series star Tennant as DI Alec Hardy. However, in Gracepoint, the 43-year-old actor adopts an American accent, as opposed to his natural Scottish accent, which he used in Broadchurch.
Tennant, of course, is best known for playing the Tenth Doctor in the long-running BBC television science-fiction drama series Doctor Who. In that, he chose to use an English accent.
Fox announced that it had commissioned a US version of Broadchurch — to be renamed Gracepoint, after its fictional setting — in August 2013.
In a nutshell, Broadchurch told the story of police officers investigating the mysterious death of an 11-year-old boy, Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara), in a fictional seaside town: the eponymous name of the show.
Oskar McNamara as Danny Latimer  in the ITV drama Broadchurch
Oskar McNamara as Danny Latimer, in the ITV drama Broadchurch
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According to Tennant, in an earlier interview with Entertainment Weekly, the pilot episode of Gracepoint, which has been written by Chibnall, "sticks very closely to the original [before] extra twists and turns" are explored as the series develops.
Olivia Colman (Rev), as DS Ellie Miller, co-starred with Tennant in Broadchurch, but declined to join him for the US remake. Her part in Gracepoint is played by Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad).
You can read David Silverberg's review of Broadchurch elsewhere on Digital Journal. Broadchurch was received very well by viewers and critics alike, and is best summed up, as Silverberg puts it, as "a TV classic: sharp tension, well-rounded characters, breathless pacing and an ending you won't be able to shake from your mind for days."
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