Broadchurch (2013-2017)

(Last Updated On: July 26, 2020)

Broadchurch (2013-2017)

Title: Broadchurch

Year: 2013-2017

Genre:  Crime | Drama | Mystery |

Seasons: 1| 2| 3 |

Runtime: 48 min/Episode

Created by: Chris Chibnall

Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

imdb 8,4/10


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



With a stellar cast that can make you head spin through several emotions through the series and a potential conspiracy story, that doesn’t make sense all the sudden – this series showcase that the potential it once had was soaking in despair and hubris.

The story is about the town in an English suburban town called Broadchurch, a day makes these citizens daily life to be turned upside down when a dead boy is found on the beach below steep cliffs. This launches the investigation and the prolong trial during two good seasons. The downside is the third season that doesn’t feel attached to the first two series, it’s more of a standalone series covering a different crime. The third season does serve a more fulfilled purpose in terms of concluding the overall story and the writers do it. But it’s not to the best satisfaction you would expect.

The first season covers the family tragedy of an eleven-year-old boy found dead. The investigation makes the police D.I Alec Hardy and D.S Ellie Miller go deeper in the investigation, only to reveal a shocking truth about the boy who died.  The second season serves a continuation of the first season, where we were found the new harrowing true nature behind the crime that kickstarted it all. Most of the time is designated to Alec Hardy’s troublesome past that is a time-consumer but also the trial where the killer stands for trial. In the third season, we get a completely different case to follow which also surrounds around a rape happen at a party. This season first half is merely slow-paced and Trish, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh is completely a waste of time for the series. She pulls the quality this series had down below series with her appalling performance. There’s also a conclusion with the father of the boy who got killed in the first series.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman in the lead has good chemistry overall in the series. They feel genuine when interacting with each other. Although much of their scenes feel forced and underwhelming at one another points. Tennant gives a brilliant sarcastic, ignorant approach to his character while Colman has her character fumbling and doesn’t really know how to do things. The cast overall is fairly good. The second season addition of guest-starring proceeds this series quality to pull it down in the final season.

Charlotte Rampling and Marianne Jean-Baptiste’s performance as the lawyers throughout the trial is captivating enough to keep you enough engaged in the plot. They also have a lesbian relationship together which feels forced as they are each other’s opposite in the story and Rampling is twice the age as Marianne which doesn’t either make sense for their character. It’s not developed enough for the story to be remotely believable, but they ran with either way. David Bradley, from Harry Potterseries and Game of Thrones, also makes an appearance. One good thing to take with from this British crime series is Ólafur Arnalds harrowing soundtrack that gives the story meaning and deep. It elevates the castings and the story overall quality to a new level. It presents the series in an absorbing manner that the series becomes far more serious than before.

It’s worth a watch if you want to dig into 24 episodes of heartbreaking, anger-filled, British police work and a Scottish accent from the best Barty Crouch.


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