18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2014
Superbly crafted mystery. Beautifully filmed, exploiting splendid Dorset coastal setting. Consummate acting.
Compelling plot. Complex and absorbing to the end.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2014
I see frequent laments in British papers (tabloids to mainstream) that all the good series are now from America. Broadchurch is proof they are not - and don't need to be. While the folks in the UK may have discovered Breaking Break via Amazon and Netflix, Americans like myself have a rich category of films like Broadchurch, Sherlock, Miss Marple, Prime Suspect, and Inspector Morse that never cease to satisfy. I found Broadchurch just as riveting and grabbing as Breaking Bad and watched all the episodes in 24 hours. I hope the next generation of British, Irish, Welch, and Scottish writers be so good all those amazing UK actors on American series will begin to say "no sorry...I'm working over here on a much better thing and still making Hugh Laurie kind of money".
135 of 147 people found the following review helpful
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 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.
120 of 133 people found the following review helpful
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. To appreciate fully his skill it is worth watching his other work to recognise the range and subtlety of his ability in this. He could so easily have fallen into over-acting in this role, but he is a master of his craft and it is a great privilege to watch him.
Olivia Colman is wonderful, and no wonder Meryl Streep called her "divinely gifted". She is perfectly cast and her various roles in the Police, as a wife, as a mother and as a friend is so cleverly and interestingly explored.
I could go on: David Tennant is fascinating and compelling as the detective; David Bradley as the newsagent is truly memorable and keeps the balance of suspicion and sympathy perfectly; Pauline Quirke is so wonderfully sinister that I don't think I'll think of her in the same way ever again.
The direction is beautifully and excitingly executed: from the claustophobic scenes in the Lattimer's house to the wide sweep of the beaches and cliffs, even to the horror of what is encapsulated in one of the vehicles, to the scenes of Beth running in different contexts, it is quite simply one of the finest productions I have ever seen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'Broadchurch' is a wonderfully absorbing, and unmissable British crime drama, a mini-series that provides a realistic focus on human nature, the tragedy and police investigation surrounding the death of a small child, that never once goes down the over dramatisation route. Unlike so many crime dramas, the families of the victim aren't just restricted to the background, they play a major part throughout, and to see this was very refreshing.
Newly promoted D.I. Alec Hardy (David Tennant) is an outsider, who has recently moved to the area. When the body of missing 11 year old Danny is found, beneath the cliffs of Broadchurch, a small town in Dorset, his mother's best friend Ellie (Olivia Colman), also a police officer, works together with Hardy, and the pair set out to solve this murder mystery. The two members of the law couldn't be more different. Ellie is overly sensitive to the people in her community, but no-mates Scotsman Alec is both very efficient and blunt in equal measure. The two characters clash, but Alec ensures that they will get their results. Tennnt and Colman work exceptionally well off each other, and turn out some magicial performances. Other famous faces in the versatile cast include such talent as David Bradley, Andrew Buchan, Jonathan Bailey, Will Mellor, and Pauline Quirke.
The writing of 'Broadchurch' is superb, the production values are high, and the well-crafted, complex story provides many twists-and-turns throughout, making it virtually impossible for you to predict how it's all going to pan out. As each episode goes by, we learn something new about these complex characters, regarding their colourful secret pasts. The beautiful Dorset coastal setting helps to provide the perfect background, especially when it's as well-filmed as this programme is.
Without doubt, this is one of the best drama productions that the ITV have done in years, I was gripped from the very first episode. If you enjoy an intelligent crime drama that has the ability to absorb you in, buy 'Broadchurch'!
The three disc DVD set contains the complete eight episodes of 'Broadchurch', broadcast originally on ITV over March-April
2013. The special features include a 'Behind the Scenes' featurette, cast filmographies, and the option of subtitles for the hard of hearing.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2013
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2014
Broadchurch is currently showing on French TV but I cannot watch it due to a busy schedule, so instead of despairing I thought I'd buy the Blu-ray. It was a smart move! This show is mesmerizing: great plot, beautiful photography, haunting music and fabulous actors.
The seacostal town of Broadchurch is suddenly caught in a wirlwind of torment after an 11-year-old boy is murdered. Following the discovery of Danny Latimer's body on the beach, it is time for questions and suspicions led by outsider DI Alec Hardy and local DS Ellie Miller. As Hardy and Miller progress in their investigation, they unravel secrets and lies within Danny's family but also with the Broadchurchers: the vicar, the newsagent, Danny's Dad, a phone engineer with medium abilities, an assistant plumber and a grumpy old woman are successively suspected of murder. Anger and calumnies shake the whole community, fueled by a media frenzy launched both by the local press and an ambitious journalist from London with a beef against Hardy.
David Tennant is wonderful in the role of DI Hardy, the restless big-city cop ill at ease in a sleepy community unaccustomed with crime. At first sight, Hardy seems another one of those 'I-am-odious-because-I'm-the-Boss' characters popularized in TV shows such as 'NCIS' or 'Lie to me' but as the story unfold, we discover he's a man who has been betrayed, leaving him with a career in shambles and a broken heart (both litteraly and figuratively). Hardy's rudeness and impatience are actually desperate efforts to solve the Danny Latimer case before his crippling health condition gets the better of him.
Olivia Colman is equally wonderful as DS Miller, a woman who has lived in Broadchurch all her life and knows everyone. She cannot believe any of her fellow citizens be capable of murder and she resents Hardy's presence, especially since he got the DI job she has been promised. But Miller also knows to learn and, under Hardy's tutelage, she becomes more detached, a quality that allows her to question friends and witnesses with more efficiency. She has a personal involvement with the case since her own son, Tom, was Danny's best friend - or was he?
The plot also develops a side usually eluded in TV crime shows: the grief of a family that has lost a loved one. Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan play Danny's Mum and Dad and we can see them going through all the stages of sorrow: shock, horror, pain, anger, realization, despair, remorse, slowly trying to rebuild their lives after the black hole left by their son's death - with only one tiny hope of finding happiness again, with the announcement of a pregnancy. The story also shows the poisonous effects of media gossiping with the newsagent being hounded for his past, leading him to commit suicide.
All in one, a very good 'Whodunnit' and I hope a Series 2 will be done, with both David Tennant and Olivia Colman in the lead roles.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2013
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
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed this series. Compulsive viewing, excellent storyline and superb acting. You can see why it won at the BAFTAs. Recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
I thought I'd share my thought on British TV series BROADCHURCH. This television crime drama was broadcast on ITV from March 2013 and has since been broadcast in the US since that Autumn and received allot critical acclaim and a lot of publicity during this drama series of "whodunit" which involved the murder of an eleven year old boy and the search for the killer led by Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, played by David Tennant and Olivia Coleman receptively.
I got a lend of it on DVD from much acclaim from my girlfriends Mum :)I was hooked after the first episode and flew through this 8 episode series in under a week. The mystery surrounding this poor boys death really shook up this small town community as such a crime was isolated in such an idyllic community where - everyone knew everybody- feel to it.
It was a great series full of twists and the residents having secrets exposed during the investigation led by Hardy as the outsider looking in and Ellie who was conflicted as a member of the community who had a harder time being suspicious of her friends and people she has know for such a long time. It was series where anyone watching it would have suggested their own theories about the murder.I highly recommend this series, so if you spot repeats of it on TV or treat yourself to it on DVD. I guarantee you will be hooked on this series. A second series is currently in production and a US remake has been commissioned with David Tennant reprising the lead role in the series re-titled GRACEPOINT which is set to air sometime during 2014-2015 season.
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