Broadchurch – Season 1

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Yes, I’m behind on coming across this series, but being able to watch the entire first season in two sittings, made for a beautiful, heart- wrenching and stunning experience.

Doctor Who favourites David Tennant, and Arthur Darvill alongside Olivia Colman, Jodie Whitaker, David Bradley and Charlotte Rampling take us to a remote small town in England and plunge us into nightmare.

11 year-old Danny Latimer is found dead on the beach at the base of a seaside cliff, in the holiday village of Broadchurch. When suicide is ruled out, DI Alec Hardy (Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Colman) begin to investigate the murder and subsequently, a number of people in the town, uncovering darkness and secrets in the idyllic town.

Hardy has an advantage, he’s an outsider and can see things the locals may not, but is carrying a terrible past, that may affect his performance in the case.

Colman, upset that Hardy got a promotion she thought had been intended for her, chafes at his investigative style and is upset that he’s making her see her town and her neighbours in a different light.

This ability transcends the screen and does the same to the viewer. The series has the ability to take an innocent moment, scene or picture and make the viewer see it as suspicious or frightening. It changers you as it does Miller – more observant, but darker.

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Everyone in the town has a secret, evidence shows up in strange places and soon the idyllic town is tearing itself apart in accusations and fear. The first season spans eight episodes, in this series created by Chris Chibnall.It’s brilliantly written, beautifully acted and I simply couldn’t stop watching. It was simply amazing.

Hardy as the outsider sees everyone as a suspect, and slowly gets Miller to see her beloved town the same way, as life-changing revelations come at us in a deluge through the course of the first season, more often than not, they left me totally wrecked by episode’s end.

Clues are doled out carefully, crafting an engaging tale, that actually makes me want to go back to the beginning of the series, and watch all the pieces fall into place again. Tennant and Colman are both pitch perfect, the revelations about Hardy as they come, make you see the character in a whole new way, and I love when a series can do that.

Danny’s family, mom, Beth (Jodie Whitaker), dad, Mark (Andrew Buchan), and sister, Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont) make the mistake of getting the media involved, and when they do, headlines tear their lives further apart, and threaten to crack the town wide open, as no one can quite believe, but every one knows, that the murderer is one of their own.

There is an American remake with Tennant, called Gracepoint, which I’m told is to be taken on its own and not compared to the original series, as after the 2nd episode it completely diverges from the original UK storyline. Has anyone seen it?

If you haven’t seen Broadchurch I cannot recommend it enough, it’s on Netflix now, and maybe don’t watch it all in one day, but make it a weekend thing! And then let me know what you think!

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