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Broadchurch creator 'weeped' when writing final episode
Saturday 15th April 2017

The writer of Broadchurch has revealed he was so emotional when writing the final episode of the latest series that he shed more than just a few tears.

The third and final outing of ITV whodunnit began with Trish Winterman telling the police she had been raped, with viewers finally finding out who the attacker is on Easter Monday.

Speaking to The Sun's TV Magazine, writer Chris Chibnall said: “Sitting down to write the final episode was very emotional and I admit I actually had a bit of a weep doing it.

“Obviously it is a very emotional story we are telling and there are lots of complex shades of emotion.

"There is the resolution to the story of the attack on Trish, which goes to a lot of dark places, but there is also the small matter of saying goodbye to the show and all these characters.”

Chris added will be "some surprises” in the final instalment of series three, but added that he hoped it would also be “satisfying”.

He also added he was “proud” of the ending.

"There is pressure with every script, but I am really proud of the final episode,” he said.

"Hopefully there are some surprises, but I also hope it is satisfying. I think there is a sense of completion and lots of nods to where we started in series one.”

It has been a gripping yet often frustrating series so far with Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and Alec Hardy (David Tennant) trying to eliminate their suspect list of who could have attacked Trish (Julie Hesmondhalgh).

The list has not changed since the start, with Jim Atwood (Mark Bazeley), Ian Winterman (Charlie Higson), Ed Burnett (Lenny Henry), Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto) and Leo Humphries (Chris Mason) all with motive and opportunity.

Chris said: "There was an early conversation with the guilty party, but David and Olivia didn't know and neither did Julie.

"You could count on your one hand those who knew - it was basically me, the executive producer, the producer and the director."

Next year, Chris will take over as the boss of BBC One's sci-fi hit, Doctor Who.

He said: "I think the secrecy of Broadchurch is pretty similar to the secrecy of Doctor Who, so Broadchurch has been a good training ground. I am holding a lot of secrets!"

The final episode of Broadchurch airs on ITV on April 17 at 9pm.

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