TV Review: Broadchurch (ITV) – Season One

The eight-part series which originally aired on ITV in 2013 and created by Chris Chibnall, Broadchurch is set in the fictional close-knit coastal town of Broadchurch and 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.

A raw and heartbreaking murder mystery 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.

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.

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About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

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