The show follows detectives played by English actress Olivia
Colman and David Tennant, who has also starred as Dr Who in the
British science fiction series of the same name, as they unravel
a child murder in a small English coastal town.
Aired on the ITV network, the show's finale attracted around 10
million viewers - more than a third of the total British TV
audience that night - and has been credited by some critics with
reviving the channel's reputation for drama production.
It has since been shown around the world and U.S. network Fox
commissioned a remake, named "Gracepoint", which will also star
Tennant and is scheduled for release later this year.
Colman won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award
(BAFTA) for best actress, beating Helena Bonham Carter's
portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in the series "Burton And Taylor".
Such was the secrecy on the "Broadchurch" set, writer and
executive producer Chris Chibnall refused to let cast members
know the identity of the killer until hours before the final
scene was filmed.
"I'm so pleased everyone likes it, we love it. Chris Chibnall is
a genius," said a tearful Colman accepting the award at London's
Royal Festival Hall.
In addition to the drama and actress category wins, David
Bradley picked up the supporting actor award.
U.S. show "Breaking Bad", which screened its final episode in
September last year, won the international category.
(Editing by Eric Walsh)
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