ITV ‘Set in the quaint Dorset town of Broadchurch, this riveting crime drama is a police proceeding without the proceeding. Instead, the series, about the investigation of the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, focuses on the character and impact of the murder on everyone from the pastor to the local newspaper and Danny’s grieving family.
The show is based on the brilliant chemistry between protagonists David Tennant and Olivia Colman, who star as the team of detectives leading the investigation.
Where can I watch Broadchurch?
Broadchurch is available on YouTube, iTunes, Sky On Demand and Amazon Prime. You can also buy the series on DVD and Blu-ray.
What is Broadchurch about?
A safe, quiet Dorset town, Broadchurch seems like an idyllic place to grow up, so residents are shocked when 11-year-old Danny Latimer is discovered murdered.
In series one, DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are overheard to investigate the crime that changed life in the city. Everyone, from shopkeepers to the local pastor, is suspicious of anyone else.
Subsequent series continue to follow the Latimer investigation and its aftermath, and also introduce new characters and cases.
Creator and writer Chris Chibnall was determined to keep the killer’s identity a secret and used various strategies to ensure it was kept a secret. Scripts were only released to actors on a need-to-know basis, and Chibnall continued to write while the show was running. Even the person who played the killer didn’t know his character was to blame until halfway through the shooting of the series. Even then, Chibnall had deliberately made up the story so he could change his mind.
Who is in the cast of Broadchurch?
Broadchurch has a huge cast of UK TV regulars as well as Broadchurch residents. Here are some of the key players.
David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, a veteran police officer who has just arrived in Broadchurch.
Oscar winner Olivia Colman (The Favorite, Peep Show) plays Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller, who has known the victim’s family for years. She is married to Joe, played by a Welsh actor Matthew Gravelle (Holby City, belonging).
Their boss, Chief Superintendent Elaine Jenkinson, is played by Hollyoaks’ Tracey Childs
Another Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, plays Danny’s grieving mother, Beth. Her plumber husband, Mark, is played by Garrow’s Law actor Andrew Buchan
Corrie Street’s Julie Hesmondhaigh received universal acclaim for her honest, nuanced portrayal of rape victim Trish Winterman in the third series.
How many seasons of Broadchurch are there? How many episodes are there in a season of Broadchurch?
There are three seasons of Broadchurch, each with eight episodes.
Where is Broadchurch located?
Broadchurch is a fictional town on the Dorset coast.
Where was Broadchurch filmed?
The first series was mostly filmed in Somerset, not Dorset, in the town of Clevedon. Dorset played more in series two and three.
Some interior scenes were also filmed at Vision Studios near Bristol.
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To increase secrecy (and the performance of the cast), the actors were sometimes kept from seeing the locations until just before they were put on film. The production team also took the unusual step of filming all episodes in sequence. In most shoots, scenes that take place in one location in the series are filmed in one go.
Is there another season coming from Broadchurch?
A definite no. Chibnall, discussion of the third and final seriessaid, “That’s it, and there’ll be absolutely no more after this one.”
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