Broadchurch series two: did you find the music too dramatic?

Ólafur Arnalds' compositions have split opinion among viewers as some struggled to understand dialogue while others found the music too overbearing

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Broadchurch had plenty going on during last night’s series two opener, from the fallout to Joe Miller’s initial hearing to the return of Lee Ashworth – Alec Hardy’s suspected Sandbrook killer.

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But while many of us were gripped by the unfolding storyline, some had gripes with the dramatic mood music accompanying the likes of David Tennant, Olivia Colman & co, with a number of RadioTimes.com users taking to the site to air their grievances

“Was really looking forward to watching series 2, but the music was so intrusive, it make [sic] the dialogue almost impossible to hear,” commented one user. 

“The dramatic music spoilt it so much for me tonight it reminded me of a comedy horror programme,” said another. 

And while many on Twitter came out in support of Ólafur Arnalds’ tense musical accompaniment…

…some used the social network to bemoan its intrusion:

Twitter’s had its say, but what we really want are your thoughts. Did you find the music too overbearing – did we really need the dum-de-dums as Mark and Beth strolled towards the courtroom? Or did Arnalds’ haunting, lilting tones only add to the oppressive atmosphere we’ve come to associate with the seaside Dorset town? 

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