Series 1 - Episode 5

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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

The murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer has a very long reach. His rudderless parents Beth and Mark (Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan) are picking at the scabs of their relationship, while his sister Chloe has so much unfocused anger and the community of Broadchurch is turning in on itself.

The beach where Danny’s body was found may be open again, but the town, which in many ways is the main “character” in Chris Chibnall’s haunting, masterly story, bubbles with the need for revenge on someone, on anyone.

Broadchurch wants answers but the investigating officers — DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller (David Tennant and Olivia Colman) — can’t tell the townsfolk what they need to hear. It’s a superb episode in simply the best television drama to come our way in a long, long time, and it echoes with profound sadness.

About this programme

5/8. Miller realises the evidence Jack handed over does not tally with her knowledge of Danny's possessions, while Olly and Karen work together on an article about the newsagent's past. However, the next morning when they read the paper, they discover the piece has been rewritten to make Jack look like a sex offender - and the police can offer little protection.

Cast and crew


DI Alec Hardy
David Tennant
DS Ellie Miller
Olivia Colman
Beth Latimer
Jodie Whittaker
Mark Latimer
Andrew Buchan
Jack Marshall
David Bradley
Karen White
Vicky McClure
Susan Wright
Pauline Quirke
Rev Paul Coates
Arthur Darvill
Olly Stevens
Jonathan Bailey
Becca Fisher
Simone McAullay
Maggie Radcliffe
Carolyn Pickles
Chloe Latimer
Charlotte Beaumont
Nige Carter
Joe Sims
Tom Miller
Adam Wilson
Joe Miller
Matthew Gravelle
Lucy Stevens
Tanya Franks
SOCO Brian Young
Peter De Jersey
Liz Roper
Susan Brown
Pete Lawson
Marcus Garvey
CS Elaine Jenkinson
Tracey Childs
Dean Thomas
Jacob Anderson
Trevor Smith
Simon Ludders
PC Bob Daniels
Steve Bennett
Len Danvers
Simon Rouse
Fred Miller
Benji Yapp


Euros Lyn
Executive Producer
Jane Featherstone
Executive Producer
Chris Chibnall
Richard Stokes
Chris Chibnall