Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Pauline Quirke, Will Mellor, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan
Running Time: 480 minutes (approx.)
Number of Episodes: 8
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 20 May 2013
Broadchurch is a television crime thriller set in the small town of Broadchurch in Dorset. At the start of the busy tourist season an 11 year old schoolboy, Danny Latimer, goes missing. While Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker) is searching for him her best friend D.S Ellie Miller arrives back from holiday to discover that the promotion she had been promised had been given to an outsider, D.I Alec Hardy (David Tennant). Hardy already comes with a reputation for failure.
When Danny’s body is found on the beach below some cliffs a murder investigation is started and D.I Hardy is determined to find the killer to make up for past mistakes. This murder splits the community and puts the spotlight on this small community and the secrets its residents hold.
Not only are the family trying to deal with the murder of their son, the community is also trying to deal with the impact it has on their town and the tourist season. When a national newspaper gets involved it creates a new set of problems.
Overall, Broadchurch has to be the best television crime drama I have ever had the pleasure of watching. It is well written with a strong cast and characters. The gripping story is well played out and keeps you hooked right up to the last episode where the killer is finally unmasked.
The storyline is so well written that the further you get into it the more possible suspects there are until their secrets are slowly unravelled. The only one you do not suspect of the murder is Vince the Dog. It keeps your interest from beginning to end.
The entire cast is excellent but the performances of David Tennant as the broody, brash and arrogant D.I Hardy and Olivia Colman as the likeable and friendly D.S Miller are outstanding.
A powerful, emotive and gripping drama.
Broadchurch is available to buy on DVD from 20 May from Acorn Media here.