There's been a massive surge in popularity for British detective series in recent years, and leading the way in that category has been the hugely popular Broadchurch. Starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, it follows the work of two detectives in a fictional seaside town.

It hooked viewers in from the word go in season one, and followed with an equally suspense-filled second season. Now however there's great news as the show has announced it will be back for a third season, with its leads David Tennant and Olivia Colman returning to their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller.

Also returning to the cast are Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan (Beth and Mark Latimer), Arthur Darvill (Vicar Paul Coates), Carolyn Pickles (newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe) and Adam Wilson (Ellie's son Tom).

Joining the cast will be Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley!), Georgina Campbell, Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley.

The bad news we were referring to however is that this will be the last season of Broadchurch, which may not come as a surprise to some as the drama's creator Chris Chibnall has been appointed as the new Doctor Who showrunner.

Chibnall said in a statement; "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."

There's a while to go yet though with the third season not arriving until 2017 - sounds like it will be worth the wait though!