ITV appeared to confirm there will be a third series of hit crime drama Broadchurch immediately after the conclusion of series two on Monday night.

The voiceover which immediately followed the conclusion to the series about the search for the killer of a young boy in a small Dorset town said: “What next for detectives Hardy and Miller? We’ll have to wait until series three to find out.”

Early in Monday’s episode local man Joe Miller was found not guilty of the murder of Danny Latimer, a verdict which was met by stunned disbelief and grief by all following the case, especially his estranged wife, detective Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman).

But the locals including the vicar of Broadchurch decided to take their own vengeance on Miller when he turned up back in Broadchurch… Not by killing him, but by banishing him forever from their community.

How will Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall follow his smash hit in series three? Expect some details from ITV in the coming days.