TCA: BBC America adds ‘Broadchurch’ to lineup

Eight-part scripted series examines small town that receives media spotlight

BBC America has acquired eight-part series “Broadchurch,” about a small town that gets caught in the media glare during a murder investigation.

“Broadchurch,” which will air later in the year as part of the cabler’s “Dramaville” strand, stars David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Vicky McClure and Arthur Darvill.

Show was created by Chris Chibnall, who exec produces with Jane Featherstone, creative director of Blighty indie Kudos Film and Television. Director James Strong will helm most episodes in the series. Show will air on commercial giant ITV in the U.K.

“‘Broadchurch’ focuses on a small British seaside community, which finds itself at the eye of a storm. In the wake of one boy’s death, the residents come under scrutiny and suspicion,” said Chibnall. “It’s a story of scale and intimacy as the lives of the characters are laid bare.”

BBC America is coming off a year where U.K. staple “Doctor Who” continued to play well Stateside. Net also launched its first wholly owned production, “Copper,” which set ratings records for the net. Show will return in summer.

Also coming back is reality staple “Top Gear” and well-regarded scripted mini “Luther,” starring Idris Elba.