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Best Drama of the Year,
This review is from: Broadchurch [DVD] (DVD)
I was shown Broadchurch very late in the game - about a week before the series finale. Using spare time during my college hours, I hastily watched all the episodes and was like the entire nation, hooked to the TV when the last episode aired.
Then upon rewatching it, I noticed all the subtle things that makes this show one of the best TV drama series' to come out of Britain for a very long time.
Set in a sleepy village where not much happens, it's easy for me to relate. Everyone knows each other, everyone at least gets a long vaguely and nothing is out of the ordinary.
The murder of a young boy sends the entire town into silence and shock, and we see DS Ellie Millar (acted by the superb Olivia Colman) struggle with her first real detective case, whilst being lumbered with hard-headed, unapproachable DI Alec Hardy (played by David Tennant)
Both actors show the pain and grief and heartache that a childs death can do to a small community, both dealing with pressures to try and find the killer but being met by secrets, lies and deception on every corner.
The end is extraordinary - you will never see it coming at all. All the actors give an outstanding performance, Colman in particular who is heralded for the role.
The most outstanding thing about this show is its realism. It's not all NCIS where they find the killer in a matter of days despite the complexity of the murder. It is difficult, the police are hounded by the press and the potential suspects are treated like animals by the general public resulting in catastrophic consequences.
All in all, even if you do not like murder mysteries, it would be foolish to give this drama a miss. Because though the murder mystery is there, the show depicts the complexities of human nature in the most articulate of ways that you will find yourself bubbling over with emotion
Fantastic series. 10/10