Broadchurch is an ITV series that originally aired from 2013 until 2017. Created by Chris Chibnall, it’s set in the fictional close-knit coastal town of Broadchurch and follows police officer Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and D.I. Alec Hardy (David Tennant).
A raw and heartbreaking series filled with intrigue, brilliant character development as you get to know every individual character as they all come under question, and excellent writing. Broadchurch is a fully immersive drama that will grip you from the very first episode, all the way through three brilliant series that never dips in quality.
The first series follows local police officer Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and shady newcomer D.I. Alec Hardy (David Tennant) as they investigate the murder of an 11-year-old boy. It’s not long before they are forced to look at the community in a whole new and disturbing light.
I finished watching this series last night after ITV re-aired the series from the very beginning, and I’m still not over that final episode. Even seconds before the reveal, I was saying “No, it won’t be them. It can’t be them.” And then the truth hits you, and it hits you hard.
The ensemble cast is phenomenal. Olivia Colman and David Tennant both give unforgettable performances. They have a great chemistry which is often quite comical. Even at the most painful times, I wanted to laugh because of how well they work together.
Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Vicky McClure, Arthur Darvill, Pauline Quirke, and David Bradley are all worthy of a mention, too. I can’t wait to see where the next series goes.
The second series continues the fallout of the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer and focuses on the effect of Joe Miller’s trial on his wife, former DS Ellie Miller (now a uniformed police officer in Devon); the Latimer family’s struggle to achieve a normal life during Joe’s trial; and new revelations that former DI Alec Hardy is protecting a witness in the failed Sandbrook child murder case.
This was a great follow-up season that follows the case that Hardy mentioned in season one, while also focusing on Miller putting herself back together after the shocking revelations that left us so gripped. Despite tragedy in both of their lives, Tennant and Colman maintain a brilliant chemistry in another investing crime story.
Set three years after the events of season two, the final season follows the rape of Trish Winterman (Julie Hesmondhalgh). DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy are called and determine that it was a premeditated attack rather than a crime of opportunity, leading to fears that there may be a serial rapist on the loose planning to strike again.
This was another hard-hitting story that was yet again brilliantly handled. With plenty of great performances and a number of quality additions to the cast, I especially loved how Beth used her experiences to help others.