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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding drama - unmissable, 15 April 2013
This review is from: Broadchurch [DVD] (DVD)
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.
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2013 12:16:57 BDT
PatG says:
One of the best reviews I have ever read - thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 16:34:40 BDT
E.Meredith says:
How kind of you - made my day. I've never written a review of anything on TV before but this is so very brilliant I felt I wanted to.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 17:38:53 BDT
PatG says:
You should write some more then!

Posted on 7 May 2013 17:12:42 BDT
Chloe G says:
hi, can you please tell me if this dvd has all of the episodes on it? thank you, chloe.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2013 21:49:12 BDT
Lisa says:
Mine is coming over to the USA in a week or so. To answer Chloe, it's a 3 disc set that is 480 minutes long, I think (hope!) it has all episodes on

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2013 15:34:17 BDT
Chloe G says:
thank you for you reply lisa, i'm going to pre order it today. hope it does have all the episodes on it as it's a birthday gift for my mum, she loved watching this when it was on t.v. i should think it will have them all on seen as it has 3 discs and is 480 minutes long.

Posted on 21 May 2013 10:45:40 BDT
Brian says:
Pauline Quirke is a highly-underrated actress who has never really had the opportunity to demonstrate any real acting ability, thanks to being stereotyped in 'Birds of a Feather'. Watch her performance as Olive Martin in 'The Sculptress' - utterly chilling (and a BAFTA-nominated performance, too).
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