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Broadchurch [DVD]

Olivia Colman , David Tennant    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BEEKN26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137 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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105 of 113 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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106 of 117 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series ! 17 Aug 2014
This was a very current British mystery series that was exceptionally well done ! It held my attention from start to finish and had the typical surprise ending that one would expect. The characters were well developed and played their parts perfectly ! It has always amazed me how actors can jump from role to role and be so convincing in their performances. DCI Foley's driver was superb in her role as the passed over detective sergeant who had to accept a new supervisor who was an outsider to the small resort seaside village of Broadchurch. She brought the series to a new level of achievement, I can't imagine anyone doing it better ! In the way of minor criticism, I thought the film may have been a little lengthly, but it probably appeared that way to me as I was a glutton and wanted to enjoy all the series at once, so had a couple of marathon evenings of being mesmeried by this entertaining story. Excellent in all regards ! If there were a category for 6 star ratings, this film would have fully merited that evaluation !
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15 of 16 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK Detective a la Nordic Noire 27 Jun 2014
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Broadchurch is a good example of how the Nordic Noire has influenced international television. Moody, with great scenery, Broadchurch explores small town England and how a tragedy changes relationships for ever.
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26 of 29 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
One of the best dramas.
Published 19 hours ago by Barbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth watching
Gripped the whole way through the box set. A who dunnit murder mystery that keeps you hanging til the very end.
Published 2 days ago by M Blackhall
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see, engrossing throughout
another great british tv series. I missed this on tv so was really happy to get it.
amazing acting, amazing story. Read more
Published 3 days ago by karen bunn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery!
Would recommend.
Published 3 days ago by Nanny 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic series, and eagerly await the follow up.
Published 4 days ago by g gadsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 4 days ago by A. J. Howat
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it!!
Great television, superb acting, well written - a must watch box set.
Published 5 days ago by Wonderballwoodie
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Thought this series was very good, although I guessed 'whodunnit' after about episode 5/6.

Cast were amazing, as was the scenery.

Well worth watching.
Published 7 days ago by Lucy
2.0 out of 5 stars Boringly slow
If you like a slow drama where nothing happens then this is great. Accents are poor and acting just as bad. The main copper David tennant is rude and clueless.
Published 7 days ago by A. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Having missed the series on T. V. and ...
Having missed the series on T.V. and seen the first episode in New Zealand whilst visiting family in May, we had to see what happened next
Published 10 days ago by john r angus
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