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"Broadchurch" Episode #1.1 (TV Episode 2013) - Plot Summary Poster

(TV Series)

(2013)

Plot Summary

  • As the Dorset resort of Broadchurch prepares for the summer season 11-year old Danny Latimer goes missing. Local detective sergeant Ellie Miller returns from holiday with her husband and son to find her desired promotion to inspector has gone to outsider Alec Hardy, anxious to prove himself after gaining a poor reputation. When Danny's corpse is found on a beach the two police officers must tell his parents, Beth and Mark, sister Chloe and grandmother Liz. For Ellie it is especially hard as they are family friends. She is also irked by Hardy's brusque manner with suspects and tendency to call her by her surname. Ellie's nephew, Olly Stevens, cub reporter for the Broadchurch Echo, throws a spanner in the works when he latches onto the investigation and mentions the victim's name on Twitter. This attracts the attention of Karen White from the national Daily Herald, seeking a human interest story, and she arrives at the press conference where Hardy, convinced that Danny was abducted from home before being strangled, swears that the murderer will be brought to justice.

    - Written by don @ minifie-1
  • DS Ellie Miller returns from a 3 week holiday to find that her hoped for promotion to Detective Inspector has instead gone to Alec Hardy, who started working a week ago. When a body is found on the beach, Miller recognizes the victim as 11 year-old Danny Latimer, a family friend who frequently played with her own son of the same age. The death was made to look as if he might have jumped from the cliff's edge but forensics find no evidence to that effect and conclude the scene was staged. The pathologist determines that Danny was strangled and from the bruising, it was someone with large hands, likely a male. Broadchurch is a small, close-knit community where everyone knows everyone else and Miller errs when local reporter Olly Stevens asks her if the victim is Danny Latimer. He soon posts a report on Twitter and a reporter from the national media, Karen White, takes an interest in the story. Miller's son knows something but doesn't tell her anything.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Detective Ellie Miller returns from holiday to find that her promotion to inspector was given to an outsider, named Alec Hardy, and that the son of her close friend has supposedly committed suicide.

    - Written by Chris Green

Synopsis

At night in the English seaside resort town of Broadchurch, a ten year old boy stands at the edge of a cliff and looks at the beach below...

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