Broadchurch

Series 1 - Episode 1

Broadchurch
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There’s a long tracking shot early in the opening episode of Chris Chibnall’s superb thriller when plumber Mark (Andrew Buchan) walks down the main street of his home town. It captures perfectly the smallness and closeness of a seaside community as Mark greets friends and neighbours in the sunshine. It’s a long scene full of light and optimism, which makes what happens next so much more bleak and harrowing.

One of ITV's highest rated dramas in years begins in a small town that implodes when disaster befalls a child. In Broadchurch an 11-year-old boy is found dead on a beach at the foot of a cliff. Bitter, weary DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) leads the investigation as the town becomes the focus of national attention.

Chibnall has made something quite special here: a delicate portrait of extreme, unbearable sadness, layered with guilt, suspicion and recrimination. This is about as good as TV drama gets.

About this programme

1/8. Out-of-town DI Alec Hardy investigates the mysterious death of an 11-year-old boy in an idyllic seaside community, aided by local girl DS Ellie Miller, who has her work cut out dealing with her unyielding new boss. Meanwhile, the sadness of losing their child consumes Beth and Mark Latimer as they and the other residents of Broadchurch try to cope with the media frenzy surrounding the case. Crime drama, starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Andrew Buchan, Jodie Whittaker, Arthur Darvill, Vicky McClure and Pauline Quirke.

Cast and crew

Cast

DI Alec Hardy
David Tennant
DS Ellie Miller
Olivia Colman
Mark Latimer
Andrew Buchan
Beth Latimer
Jodie Whittaker
Susan Wright
Pauline Quirke
Karen White
Vicky McClure
Rev Paul Coates
Arthur Darvill
Steve Connelly
Will Mellor
Maggie Radcliffe
Carolyn Pickles
Olly Stevens
Jonathan Bailey
Joe Miller
Matthew Gravelle
Becca Fisher
Simone McAullay
Chloe Latimer
Charlotte Beaumont
Tom Miller
Adam Wilson
Nige Carter
Joe Sims
CS Elaine Jenkinson
Tracey Childs
SOCO Brian Young
Peter De Jersey
Liz Roper
Susan Brown
Jack Marshall
David Bradley
Dean Thomas
Jacob Anderson
Len Danvers
Simon Rouse
PC Bob Daniels
Steve Bennett
Trevor Smith
Simon Ludders
Danny Latimer
Oskar McNamara
Dr James Lovegood
David Sibley
Sam Taylor
Alfred Enoch
Fred Miller
Benji Yapp
Teacher
Farzana Dua Elahe
Farmer
Alec Nicholls
Woman driver
Nicole Arumugam

Crew

Director
James Strong
Executive Producer
Jane Featherstone
Executive Producer
Chris Chibnall
Producer
Richard Stokes
Writer
Chris Chibnall
Categories
Drama