Broadchurch (2013– )

TV Series  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 27,151 users  
Reviews: 57 user | 25 critic

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 15 Aug 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 20 Aug 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 29 Nov 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Broadchurch" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Broadchurch (2013– )

Broadchurch (2013– ) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Broadchurch.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2016   2015   2013  
18 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Fall I (TV Series 2013)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented Detective Superintendent ... See full summary »

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch
Happy Valley (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, George Costigan, James Norton
Top of the Lake (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan
Luther (2010–2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
The Missing (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

When Tony and Emily Hughes travel to France with their 5-year-old son Oliver, their family holiday turns into a nightmare when Oliver disappears into the crowd of a busy French street.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Frances O'Connor, Tchéky Karyo
Gracepoint (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy's family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town's residents.

Stars: David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Virginia Kull
The Killing (2011–2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell
The Bridge (TV Series 2011)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.

Stars: Sofia Helin, Kim Bodnia, Dag Malmberg
The Killing (2007–2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.

Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Morten Suurballe, Lars Mikkelsen
The Honourable Woman (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Centers on Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father's arms business and finds herself in a international maelstrom when as she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Rea, Lubna Azabal
Hinterland (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A noir crime drama drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where the knackered and troubled but intense DCI Tom Mathias in search for redemption, while solving hate crimes.

Stars: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Hannah Daniel
Rectify (TV Series 2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Alec Hardy (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Ellie Miller (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Beth Latimer (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Mark Latimer (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Olly Stevens (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
Carolyn Pickles ...
 Maggie Radcliffe (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Rev. Paul Coates (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
Matthew Gravelle ...
 Joe Miller (16 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Tom Miller (15 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Nige Carter / ... (14 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Chloe Latimer (13 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Becca Fisher (13 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Lucy Stevens (12 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Susan Wright (10 episodes, 2013-2015)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge ...
 Abby Thompson (8 episodes, 2015)
...
 Jocelyn Knight (8 episodes, 2015)
...
 Claire Ripley (8 episodes, 2015)
...
 Ben Haywood (8 episodes, 2015)
...
 Sharon Bishop (8 episodes, 2015)
...
 Lee Ashworth (8 episodes, 2015)
Susan Brown ...
 Liz Roper (7 episodes, 2013)
Will Mellor ...
 Steve Connelly (7 episodes, 2013)
...
 Karen White (7 episodes, 2013)
...
 Judge Sonia Sharma (7 episodes, 2015)
...
 Pippa Gillespie (7 episodes, 2015)
...
 SOCO Brian Young (7 episodes, 2013-2015)
Steve Bennett ...
 PC Bob Daniels (7 episodes, 2013-2015)
Benji Yapp ...
 Fred Miller (7 episodes, 2013)
Oskar McNamara ...
 Danny Latimer (7 episodes, 2013-2015)
Edit

Storyline

A seemingly calm and friendly seaside town becomes a town wrapped in secrets when the death of an eleven year old boy sparks an unwanted media frenzy. As the town's locals start to open up about what they do and don't know, it falls upon the police to catch the supposed killer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Убийство на пляже  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, Broadchurch is not based on or a remake of Danish show The Killing, and the script for Broadchurch actually predates The Killing by at least five years. Chris Chibnall originally had the idea for Broadchurch and started working on the script in 2002, however, it took him ten years to get the show on air. See more »

Goofs

Under UK court procedures a witness would not be allowed to view proceedings until they have given evidence. Throughout the trial characters are in the public gallery prior to being called to give evidence. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Crime Thriller Club: Episode #2.1 (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Mesmerizing. A show somewhere between your most beautiful imagination and your darkest fears.
2 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An enthusiastic reviewer started writing about this show when it started filming, speaking with great anticipation about the creator of the show's previous work and then the premise of his new show - a crime story, inherently tragic, focusing on grief, dark puzzles and a small community in which everyone knows everyone. I immediately thought of 'The Killing' and then, if it would give me the same feeling of despondency I seem to get, whenever watching shows like that.

Turns out I was both right and completely wrong. And I'll get to the emphatic 'yes!' for this show in a moment. The storyline, like in most crime shows these days, is hardly original. And you could say that like many British TV shows with veteran actors, intriguing plots with a dark narrative devoid of hope or a happy ending (contrary to most American TV shows with a similar premise), this show too, relies on intriguing characters to keep your interest in the puzzle and the secrets each character holds. But Broadchurch does all that without ever indulging in tragedy or hopelessness. No easy feat.

The acting and casting are flawless. The story feels real and unfolds with a steady, organic pace. David Tennant's nuanced take on the character, which could have easily been another self-important anti-hero with a troubled past, instead offsets Olivia Colman's character wonderfully. Her genuine, sincere approach to life, creating inevitable friction is a surprisingly fresh take on the traditional mismatched police partner or 'buddy cop' dynamics.

And then comes the beauty. Each shot framed like a painting featuring the stunning cliffs and beaches around the Dorset coast in all its rugged glory. Even interviews with suspects are photographed with elegance and an unexpected ethereal quality, using blurred light and colors. The stunning landscape setting is used not just as a backdrop, but a powerful narrative, contrasting its vastness with the small stories of each one of the locals. The calm, reflective moments in each episode feature scenes without dialog, allowing you to absorb it all.

This is where the music comes in. Too often an afterthought, a necessary element to invoke emotion or underline the words, here the music becomes one of the main characters of the show. An understated yet stunning soundtrack by Ólafur Arnalds, featured prominently throughout the series. And what a revelation it is. Allowing you to watch Broadchurch both as a sophisticated detective story and as an evocative, elegant music video. And while concert halls featured the most talented composers in the past, sadly or thankfully, TV shows (possibly more than feature length films even), seem to be the perfect outlet for the most creative contemporary artists. Utopia, Breaking Bad and Battlestar Galactica come to mind.

You could say then, that it is Ólafur Arnalds' score who helps Broadchurch transcend the sadness and grief of the story told, but it wouldn't be fair to understate the the stunning cinematography and art direction, subtle and powerful storytelling and production by Chris Chibnall. And with a cast that is able to portray the characters with depth and authenticity, it helps Broadchurch stand out from similar shows, deserving a review beyond simple comparison.


98 of 108 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What would make a great season 3? maryrosenkranz
For U.S. fans, anyone have trouble understanding Hardy? packersfan100
The Wigs gymdandy
Wait, it's been two years but I remembered that... susanmarie-125-469839
Question for people from the UK Goodgoodness-163-381912
the scenes where Tom was testifying.... secretindigo
Discuss Broadchurch (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page