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

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Chris Chibnall
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Series cast summary:
David Tennant ...  Alec Hardy / ... 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Olivia Colman ...  Ellie Miller / ... 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Jodie Whittaker ...  Beth Latimer 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Andrew Buchan ...  Mark Latimer 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Carolyn Pickles ...  Maggie Radcliffe 23 episodes, 2013-2017
Arthur Darvill ...  Rev. Paul Coates 23 episodes, 2013-2017
Charlotte Beaumont ...  Chloe Latimer 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Adam Wilson ...  Tom Miller 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Matthew Gravelle ...  Joe Miller 18 episodes, 2013-2017
Jonathan Bailey ...  Olly Stevens 16 episodes, 2013-2015
Joe Sims ...  Nige Carter 16 episodes, 2013-2017
Simone McAullay ...  Becca Fisher 13 episodes, 2013-2015
Tanya Franks ...  Lucy Stevens 12 episodes, 2013-2015
Pauline Quirke ...  Susan Wright 10 episodes, 2013-2015
Steve Bennett Steve Bennett ...  PC Bob Daniels / ... 10 episodes, 2013-2017
Benji Yapp Benji Yapp ...  Fred Miller 10 episodes, 2013-2017
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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.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadchurch See more »

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16:9 HD
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Contrary to popular belief, Broadchurch is not based on or a remake of Danish show The Killing (2007), 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 »

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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 »

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DS Ellie Miller: Most people have a moral compass.
DI Alec Hardy: Compasses break.
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Beautiful Broadchurch
26 September 2013 | by Pipkin_SweetgrassSee all my reviews

I can't say too much how much I enjoyed this series. Unlike most murder dramas, this story isn't about autopsies and gunfights. It's about human nature. It's about the tragedy of the murder of a child. It's about the court of public opinion, the sinister nature of irresponsible journalism, the failures, frailties and flaws of our fellow human beings. This is 'Shakespeare writes a detective story'.

Chris Chibnall has now gone to the top of my list as a writer. It was beautifully done. In no way has he broken the cardinal rule of show, don't tell. Nor has he made the horrible mistake of creating any perfect character. All of them, from youngest to oldest, are wonderfully imperfect human beings, and with no character is this more obvious than our protagonist, DI Alec Hardy, masterfully played by David Tennant as the world-weary detective with secrets of his own and a shadowy past. He is so wonderfully written by Chibnall and executed by Tennant that we find ourselves won over by a character that on the surface is quite unlikable. Tennant's performance has, IMO, overshadowed his role in Doctor Who with this work. He has proved before that he's far more than the Tenth Doctor. With his Hardy, he made me forget about all other roles.

Olivia Colman, too, is wonderful. Her character enjoys a growth that's wonderful to behold. Colman is as good as any actress out there. I've seen her before, but with her Ellie Miller, she has captured me completely.

In fact not a single actor or actress was badly chosen. From eldest to youngest and male and female, all of them turned in sterling performances. Even the dog! I was especially pleased with Arthur Darvill. Young Adam Wilson, who played Tom Miller, was quite impressive as well.

This series is what TV should look like. This is what The Killing should have looked like. This is TV at it's finest. The story arc was magnificent, centered, not on procedurals and junk science-based CSI (actual CSI is nothing like what's shown on TV) but on the tragedy of it, and how that tragedy bled into the lives of the people of Broadchurch, itself, even the ones investigating it. The dialog was wonderful, especially the banter between Hardy and Miller, whose polar-opposite natures should have been cliché, yet were pulled off masterfully by Colman and Tennant. Hardy's subplot was simply divine. We find out why he is so world-weary, yet, in the end are still left with the mystery of him, and know he is Broadchurch's greatest mystery still. Little touches, like the 'love thy neighbor' signs add further richness and poignancy and lend the tale yet more humanity. Rich in character development, beautifully photographed, the series ended in a perfect denouement. And the best part is we are left wanting more, which is the mark of a truly great story.


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