Casting and storyline details have been announced for the new series, which will once again be fronted by David Tennant and Olivia Colman as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller.
The final episode of the second series (which aired in February last year) saw Joe Miller found not guilty of the murder of school boy Danny Latimer. Meanwhile, Alex and Ellie also finally cracked the tragic details behind the Sandbrook case.
Broadchurch was a ratings hit from its very first series in 2013, which was about the mysterious murder of 11-year-old Danny and the investigation into who killed him.
So, what's in store for series three? Check out all the details so far below:
When will filming begin?
Broadchurch resumes filming in Dorset this summer. The cast will film in Bridport, West Bay and Clevedon. These have been previously used as s locations for series one and two.
Who are the cast?
David and Olivia are back as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller. And, Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan will be back as Beth and Mark Latimer too. We'll also see the return of Arthur Darvill as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe, and Adam Wilson as Ellie's son Tom. There's an impressive ensemble cast joining the final series too, including: Julie Hesmondhalgh, Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley.
What will be the new series be about?
Miller and Hardy will tackle a brand new case as they reunite to investigate a serious sexual assault. The series will explore the consequences of the assault as a Dorset community comes under scrutiny. This storyline has been based on a year of research with organisations who work with victims of sexual assault and police advisors who specialise in investigating crimes of sexual violence.
What do the bosses say?
Creator and writer, Chris Chibnall, says: "This is the final chapter of Broadchurch. We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it's a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me."
ITV's controller of drama, Victoria Fea, says: "Broadchurch is as ever stylishly written, provocative and thought provoking. We're pleased with the direction Chris and Jane have taken this series and the extraordinary cast they've assembled."
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