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Broadchurch [DVD]

Olivia Colman , David Tennant    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Pauline Quirke, Vicky McClure, Andrew Buchan
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEEKN26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



When ITV first started screening Broadchurch, ostenisbly a murder mystery from the mind of Chris Chibnall, it didn't really get an awful lot of attention. Sure, the strong cast, led by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, meant it got noticed. But detective whodunnits are hardly rare. However, as the weeks went by on original transmission, Broadchurch escalated, and by the end, large parts of the nation were gripped by one of the best mysteries to have screened in many, many years. No wonder a second series was swiftly announced.

This first one introduces us to the apparently quiet town of Broadchurch in south England. There, an 11-year schoolboy has gone missing, as two detectives, who hardly get on, are forced to join together to get to the bottom of what's happened. But all is not what it seems in Broadchurch, and to say any more would spoil the undoubted fun in watching it all unfold.

For this is premier quality drama. Tennant and Colman are excellent, but the ensemble cast bring a collection of excellent, believable performances too. It's the writing that lifts things, though, and you can't help but be gripped as the story unravels.

As well as the excellent show itself, the disc release also features a look behind the scenes of Broadchurch, along with background material. But it's that main drama that's the undoubted attraction, and one that's aching to be rewatched once seen, if only to pick up all the clues you might just have missed... --Jon Foster

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A hot morning in July and the Dorset town of Broadchurch is bracing itself for the tourist season when Danny Latimer, an 11 year old schoolboy, goes missing. His mother, Beth, frantically starts to search for him while her best friend, Ellie Miller, a local police officer, arrives at work to discover that the promotion she thought was hers has gone to D.I. Alec Hardy an outsider with a reputation for failure. When Danny's body is found beneath the picturesque cliffs that dominate the town opposites collide. Both Miller and Hardy are determined to solve the mystery of Danny's murder, Ellie perhaps too sensitive to the people in her community; Alec as effi cient as he is blunt. When news of the crime spreads through the town, a chain reaction begins which will put Broadchurch under a national spotlight, pulling the town, its residents and its secrets, apart. ...Broadchurch - 3-DVD Set ( Broad church )

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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Boy on the Beach 24 April 2013
This one caught the imagination with me and a lot of people I know and it was refreshing to hear people discussing a British drama series rather than the latest American boxset. Dorset's Jurassic coast provided the stunning backdrop for a classic whodunnit that kept you guessing almost to the end. David Tennant and Colman are superb and versatile actors who teamed up perfectly as the two detectives on the hunt for the murderer of a local boy Danny Latimer whose body was found mysteriously placed on the beach one morning.

For Ellie Miller (Colman) things are made more difficult as she knows the Latimer family well and her son was Danny's best friend whilst the taciturn Alec Hardy (Tennant) new in town has to face his own demons having been accused of botching a similar case elsewhere, a fact that is known by a dogged national journalist. His transfer to Broadchurch is meant to be a respite for him as he also faces health problems but his timing could not have been worse with the town in turmoil.

This is a very watchable series set in the town where the sun never seems to stop shining but is shaken to the core as secrets about its tight knit community are slowly revealed. Lies are told and accusations made at anyone and everyone from the local vicar to the sea cadet master and the reclusive lady (Pauline Quirke) and her dog living in a caravan by the sea. If I had one criticism it would be its pace with seemingly little happening in the early episodes but it's a slow burner that reaps rewards as tall tales are unravelled and the killer finally flushed out (it wasn't Vince the dog). It's not heavy on action, just people and nobody does sad like Colman or grumpy like Tennant in this classy coastal mystery.
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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding drama - unmissable 15 April 2013
By E.Meredith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
ITV drama is truly excelling itself with this production. Firstly, the cast is top class, with superlative acting. Notably, Jodie Whittaker as the bereaved mother Beth is completely believable and gives a haunting performance of what it is like to be told your son has been found dead. During the first episode, I had had tears streaming down my face throughout much of it, which is very unusual for me. In a later episode, she talks to another mother who has been through a similar experience and their conversation is deeply moving, jerkingly honest and as a demonstration of the high quality of the writing, delves into despair, depression, feeling utterly alone and lost in a way so rarely seen on TV.

The plot keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat. I am not actually particularly keen on who dunnits but this is so, so much more. It covers a broad spectrum of important subjects: marital infidelity is explored in a very real and refreshing way; the effect of loss and tragedy on a marriage and on siblings; how we react to the word "sex offender" as a blanket concept rather than thinking about the huge range of offences it covers. How quickly a fearful community can become a lynch mob with scant evidence. Most accurately, it demonstrates the role of the Press in our society: how exaggeration and emotive words used only to sell papers can distort the facts with tragic effect; how young reporters are exploited and how their ambition to excel is abused by unscrupulous editors; and how easily we do believe what we read.

Andrew Buchan, (Cranford, The Fixer, & the brilliant Party Animals and Garrow's Law), one of the very finest actors of our age in my opinion, is sublime as always.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Jun 2013
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We had missed this when it was shown on TV but friends encouraged us to try & see it so when it became available on DVD we ordered it - what a good decision.
It was brilliant - and no advertising!
The `extra's' were well worth seeing too so we got a really good understanding of how the production came about & how the actors and crew were taken through the process - what an innovative way of creating a series - which produced a spectacular TV experience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 7 Dec 2013
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Could not stop watching until all episodes were finished.Every person could be under suspicion and had to wait until
The end to discover the guilty person
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best drama! 17 April 2014
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Superb plot, good twists and turns. satisfying sting in the tail, excellent suspense. Just the kind of entertainment I like!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING 12 Mar 2014
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Superbly crafted mystery. Beautifully filmed, exploiting splendid Dorset coastal setting. Consummate acting.
Compelling plot. Complex and absorbing to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tv Show 22 Feb 2014
By Camille
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A simple receipe can be awesome when it's well done, and that's exactly the point proved by Broadchurch. A quite simple plot, but an great cast of character and a briiliant making, can make an amazing thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great drama 19 Feb 2014
By suep
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Had us hooked night after night - keeps you guessing to the end good British drama. Great cast and locations too
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadchurch series 1
Both of us loved this series. David Tennent and Olivia Colman are tops and they are accompanied by a great cast of actors. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Sally T
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great series
This series had passed me by and was not expecting great things when received as a birthday present. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sally Valletta
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I watched this on TV, my husband who works away missed it so thought I would get it for his birthday
Published 12 days ago by Caroline Pitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Fans Of Hinterland
Desperately needing my fix of top UK crime drama after the fabulous BBC Hinterland ended, the concept of Broadchurch seemed to fit the bill. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mandy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This was fantastic viewing. The only problem was my partner and daughter sat down to watch it with me and then we couldn't...... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Linda A. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping drama
This is British drama at it's very best - brilliant acting all round and keeps you guessing until the end.
Published 14 days ago by Mr. S. Bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars confession cop-out
I am very surprised to see the overwhelming degree to which this series got 5 star reviews here. It had potential. It should have been covered in maximum 3 episodes. Read more
Published 18 days ago by godiva
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
Every bit as good second time around. Can't wait for sequel! Perfect DVD to buy as a gift. Highly recommended!
Published 22 days ago by LauraVRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Once you start watching you wont be able to stop until you have seen all of the episodes!! Shame it is difficult to have a 2nd series..
Published 24 days ago by M. D. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good
Having heard great reviews about Broadchurch felt the need to watch it before the second series. Not at all disappointed. Quality very good. Delivery very good.
Published 26 days ago by claire timothy
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