Broadchurch (2013–2017)
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Episode #1.2 

As the mystery around Danny's death deepens, DI Hardy and DS Miller must work fast to identify the key suspects.


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Chris Chibnall (created and written by), Chris Chibnall (creator)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Whittaker ... Beth Latimer
Olivia Colman ... Ellie Miller
Matthew Gravelle ... Joe Miller
Adam Wilson ... Tom Miller
Carolyn Pickles Carolyn Pickles ... Maggie Radcliffe
Simone McAullay ... Becca Fisher
Jonathan Bailey ... Olly Stevens
Vicky McClure ... Karen White
David Tennant ... Alec Hardy
Pauline Quirke ... Susan Wright
Steve Bennett Steve Bennett ... PC Bob Daniels
Will Mellor ... Steve Connelly
David Bradley ... Jack Marshall
Jack Ashton ... Kevin Green
Oskar McNamara Oskar McNamara ... Danny Latimer


When Echo editor Maggie Radcliffe refuses to let Karen in on local coverage of the murder Karen taps Olly, using the bait that she can advance his career. Ellie finds cocaine and money hidden in Chloe's room and whilst Chloe will not divulge her supplier she admits she got it on behalf of hotelier Becca Fisher for a guest. She is protecting the source, boyfriend Dean Thomas, and she too is approached by Karen in the guise of friendship. Beth, reeling under the twin pressures of grief and excessive community sympathy, confesses to vicar Paul that she is pregnant and accepts his offer to be a confidant. Hardy's investigation leads him to caravan dweller Susan Wright, living near the murder scene, though he does not see the skateboard in her cupboard. He and Ellie are still at odds over dealing with the case though both are suspicious when telephone engineer and alleged psychic Steve Connelly tells them Danny died in a boat in water. Newsagent Jack Marshall, for whom Danny did a paper ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

14 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eype, Mount Lane, Dorset, UK

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Did You Know?


Olivia Colman (Ellie Miller) & David Bradley (Jack Marshall) also worked together on Hot Fuzz (2007) as PC Doris Thatcher & Arthur Webley respectively. See more »


On the white board at the police station Daniel Latimers height is, incorrectly, converted from 4'8" in imperial units, to 112 cm in the metric system -- 4'8" is in fact 142 cm -- which is also a more common height of a 12 year old. See more »


Ellie Miller: You don't eat fish and chips? What kind of Scot are you?
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Things Get Even Stickier
21 August 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

People are keeping secrets. It starts with Alec who has some past with a young girl (perhaps a daughter?). He is neurotic and probably using some kind of anti-depressant or worse. The daughter of the distraught family is in the middle of some drug business, supplying cocaine to a local hostler. Ellie is having family troubles because while her husband minds the store, she is totally immersed in the case. Alec finds a surveillance camera and must check it out, but needs to pull teeth to get the woman who has the key to hand it over. She is angry and resistant. There is a a closeup of Danny's skate board, hidden in her closet. A strange turn of events is a man who is installing telephones in the police station claims to be a psychic and tells the investigators that Danny was in a boat at some point. Alec literally shoves him out the door, chastising him for complicating the investigation. Also, Olly is being manipulated be a lady reporter who would do anything to get what she wants. The final scene now brings suspicion where none was before. Excellent storytelling.

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