Broadchurch

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DI Alec Hardy [David Tennant] and DS Ellie Miller [Oliva Colman] investigate the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer. How will the people of Broadchurch deal with the kind of scrutiny a crime like this brings? Can the town survive such a seismic shock? As the case drags on, the whole town will come under pressure--personal, economic, professional and emotional.
Starring
David TennantOlivia ColmanJodie Whittaker
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    August 7 2013
    48min
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    The body of 11-year-old Danny Latimer is found on the beach in Broadchurch. Local police officers DI Alec Hardy [David Tennant] and DS Ellie Miller [Olivia Colman] are called to investigate a case that will change the town forever.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    August 14 2013
    48min
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    As the mystery around Danny Latimer's death deepens, DI Hardy and DS Miller must work fast to identify the key suspects. But where is the murder scene? And how will the Latimer family continue to cope?
  3. 3. Episode 3
    August 21 2013
    48min
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    Fingerprints at the murder scene lead DI Hardy and DS Miller to a startling suspect in Danny's murder. Meanwhile, Steve Connelly has a message for Beth.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    August 28 2013
    48min
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    The aftershocks of Danny's murder continue to ripple through the town, as friends and neighbors’ lives come under scrutiny. Beth and Mark decide to take matters into their own hands to get news of Danny's murder into the newspapers.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    September 4 2013
    48min
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    As Hardy and Ellie come under fire, the people of Broadchurch start to turn against each other. Will a vital new piece of evidence lead Ellie and Hardy to the killer?
  6. 6. Episode 6
    September 11 2013
    49min
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    The town of Broadchurch comes together to mourn. In doing so, a new suspect in the murder of Danny Latimer comes to light. Meanwhile, Beth and Mark turn to local vicar Paul - can he help them move on?
  7. 7. Episode 7
    September 18 2013
    49min
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    Time is running out to solve Danny's murder - will the discovery of a vital clue finally unlock the case? Meanwhile, Beth and Mark take an important step in moving on with their lives.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    September 25 2013
    53min
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    After weeks of speculation, the events surrounding Danny Latimer's death are revealed. Shock waves ripple though Broadchurch as the community struggles to come to terms with the shocking news, but will Danny finally be laid to rest?

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  1. Bonus: Broadchurch Season 1 Trailer
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    November 27 2021
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    David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Olivia Colman (The Favourite) star as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller as they investigate the murder of a young boy in Broadchurch, a town wrapped in secrets.

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Directors
James StrongEuros Lyn
Supporting actors
Andrew BuchanCarolyn PicklesArthur DarvillCharlotte BeaumontAdam WilsonMatthew GravelleJonathan BaileyJoe SimsSimone McAullayTanya FranksPauline Quirke
Producers
Jane FeatherstoneChris ChibnallRichard Stokes
Season year
2013
Network
PBS
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Prime Video (streaming online video)
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TumblewindReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Transporting
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I find myself eschewing American TV lately for these absorbingly realistic British series. The people in this show quickly seem real and transport you effortlessly into being part of their fictional world. In Broadchurch, the seaside town is a seemingly caring, close-knit small community. Their warmth and connection to one another is heartening, and immediately puts the viewer on notice that the murder of one the village's children will affect all who live there. The newcomer is the new DI Alec Hardy, who has taken the spot from his new assistant Ellie Miller while she was on vacation. References to a dark past make you wonder about his brusque, almost-pompous attitude, and heightens the tension between him and the close-knit police force & neighborhood he has dropped into at the start of investigating the worst crime the town has supposedly seen, the murder of an 11-year-old boy.

I enjoy how normal and non-stereotyped the British actors in this police show are, and the dialogue rings true and succinct. Also, not having visited, the scenes of this British beach town are a delight to see. I look forward to continuing to watch the investigation unfold as well as learning the deeper emotional lives of this multi-faceted program. Why can't American producers use real-looking characters instead of showing us stories populated with character "types" and starring "beautiful" people of normal sizes and shapes?
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HMS WarspiteReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A death in a small town...
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"Broadchurch" Season One opens with the death of a small boy at a quiet beach town in England. The discovery of the body sends shockwaves through the family of the boy and the town itself. The investigation is assigned to newly arrived DI Alec Hardy, assisted by DS Ellie Miller, a disappointed applicant for Hardy's job and a long-time resident of the town. The investigation begins, as the show adroitly reveals a town of secrets and a field of suspects...

This British procedural succeeds on patient storytelling, not flash and bang. It won't be hurried in giving up the secrets of the death of a small boy. Viewers are invited to follow the suspenseful investigation at the shoulders of the detectives. Horribly addictive and highly recommended.
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neoregeliaReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
I dunno
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Do people in this town have any sense of foresight or self-preservation? They all act as shady as possible and then wonder why they're looked at suspiciously and then get SUPER ANGRY about it. Then suddenly everything is fine and we're suspecting some other person. It's all a bit manipulative while trying to be clever. Olivia Coleman is great but no one in this town behaves like a normal human being. I watch it thinking "are you kidding me?" pretty much the whole time.
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MeliwaReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dark, Moody, Sad
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The past several years, modern English dramas have shown a dark, gloomy underside of a story (e.g.: Luther, Torchwoood: Children of Earth, London Spy, And Then There Were None). In the US, this has been perfected exactly once, with David Lynch's pilot episode of Twin Peaks. The best of these dark, moody English dramas comes forth in Broadchurch, a murder mystery in a small seaside town where everyone knows each other. It's a profoundly sad story about how you really don't know people you think you know intimately, how fear can turn friends against each other, and how a community learns to go forward after the unthinkable happens.

The acting performances are first-rate. Of note is Jodie Whittaker, who gives a brittle turn as the mother of the victim and new Oscar winner Olivia Colman as Ellie Miller, a small-town detective truly out of her depth working the case. David Tennant, playing against his Doctor Who persona, plays Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, who's own secrets hinder and threaten the investigation. He is acerbic, bitter, and sharp, but is the mentor Miller needs to balance being a member of the community with suspecting everyone's motives.

Like Torchwood: Children of Earth, this is a series you survive. You walk away knowing you will have scars on your soul.
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Brian RidgwayReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
BROADCHURCH provides a deeply disturbing, compelling mystery that far surpasses nearly ALL American media productions.
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EXCELLENT series that proved to be thought-provoking and very disturbing. I initially brought to this series because I had seen several of the DR WHO episodes that featured David Tennent. I ordered this series only after briefly hearing that he was associated with it. Once I started watching, I was quickly drawn in. I found it a very interesting mini-series, and although it was technically a 'murder mystery' I didn't find myself trying to 'guess the guilty party' so much as I studied the behavior of so many of the characters. By the end of the series, I found that not only was I off in my suspicions, but I was emotionally drained by the disturbing storyline. Clearly, British television producers have learned a few 'stylistic' touches from their American counterparts, but let's hope that they don't adopt many of our more commercial bad habits. Although some American viewers might find this series too slow a burn, I found the pacing to be just right, as the story paid respectful attention to detail, characterization and tone. An EXCELLENT series and I'm surprised to see that it will continue!
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LCstar13Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tennant and Broadchurch, Amazing!
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Typically I don't go in much for police dramas as I am much more of a fantasy person, but I became a huge fan of David Tennant after watching Doctor Who and love most British television, so I figured I would give this a go. I was not disappointed and ended up watching the whole season in one night! The actors, especially Tennant, are fantastic, it is wonderfully scripted, and the cinematography is brilliant. A must if you like Sherlock (the only other police type drama I watch, which is also amazing), you will love this. The characters are relatable and the plot continually develops with no "fluff" episodes to drag the pacing down. After watching shows like Sherlock, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Top Gear, and now Broadchurch, I never ceased to be impressed by the quality of British TV over American TV. I highly recommend this show, whether or not it is your typical genre of television. I have seen the premiere of season 2 and it looks like it will only get better, which is saying something, since it is already a fantastic show!
14 people found this helpful
Jay DeeReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fine series on every single front
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The makers of this series deserve a resounding round of applause, a standing ovation, for the care, sensitivity, creativity, and consummate virtuosity that went into making this series. UK Detective Series are a personal favorite of mine, but there is normally some aspect that makes me wince, whether it be gratuitous sexuality or language, an unrealistic characterization, or a preachy story line around political correctness. None of those things are present here.

And wonder of wonders, the subject of religious faith is treated with respect, something one can rarely find in any media presentation these days.

Olivia Colman's performance is always deeply nuanced, and this role called upon all her acting resources to portray this complex woman of high integrity dealing with issues that would slay the best of us. She is 100% believable and creates a living, breathing personality -- someone you'd like to know and share life over coffee with. I want to see everything she has ever done. David Tennant is also brilliant as the scraggly, quirky, irascible DI Hardy.

The story line is compelling and original and I was not sure of the resolution until the last few minutes, as suspicion falls on most of the characters until almost the very end. I often lose interest the moment the mystery is solved, but this series kept its magic for me right up until the very moving and satisfying last few minutes, and the mood lingered long after the credits rolled.

Not all questions are answered, but that's just how life is. They never are. Paraphrasing DI Hardy (and echoing my lifelong belief), "People are unknowable. You can never truly know the heart of another human being."
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John MReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do not miss this one!
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One of the best series I have ever seen. The casting is fantastic. Every actor was superb. The depth of the characters is astounding. This the most realistic portrayal of what happens to a family when a child is murdered. There was not one scene that was unrealistic or hinted at overreaching. The setting is spectacular and filmed with a deft touch. You are immediately transported to the English sea coast and become a voyeur constantly amazed by every outdoor scene.

But the heart of this series is the sensitivity in which each actor assumes their roles. For eight episodes you live with the two frustrated detectives working the case, the heartbroken family bearing an incredible loss, and a dozen secondary townsfolk delicately woven into this mystery. The script is magical in the way it creates suspicion and doubt about certain suspects and then smoothly guides you to considering their possible guilt or innocence. I have to say the ending was a shocker. The treatment of the last episode was marvelous and clever, tender, and insightful. I have been living in this town and now have front row seats in this tragedy which I have never seen so well acted.

I can't wait for season two.
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