After nearly two years of waiting, Broadchurch is back. And while we were told “the end is where it begins” throughout the promotional teasers and trailers, we actually picked up a few months on from Joe Miller’s confession, instead starting with his first court hearing where he entered a “not guilty” plea, much to the consternation of his legal counsel.
And, as the shockwaves reverberated around the Broadchurch community – and it became clear that series two would focus on Joe’s trial – new faces showed up in the form of Charlotte Rampling (playing prosecution QC Jocelyn Knight) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (acting as defending barrister, Sharon Bishop).
But alongside that plot thread ran another – that of Sandbrook, the bungled case from Alec’s past which saw Lee Ashworth (James D’Arcy) walk free after a crucial piece of evidence was lost by Hardy’s then-wife. With Lee back in town and Hardy with a witness, Claire (Eve Myles) to protect, we were tantalisingly teased with what to expect from the next seven weeks of drama.
But what did you, the viewers, make of proceedings? That’s the important thing – and with #Broadchurch trending, Twitter had plenty to say about tonight’s hour-long episode…
There were some who took issue with the believability of Chris Chibnall’s new plotlines:
But a lot of people reckon Olivia Colman already has her hands on her second Broadchurch Bafta…
We all said goodbye to our Monday evenings for the next two months.
Although, for those of you watching with someone who hadn’t seen series two, well, good luck. (Maybe get them to watch this before next week)
It looks like we weren’t the only ones to spot ALL those Doctor Who actors:
There were plenty of famous faces glued to Broadchurch just like the rest of us:
But we were all left with…
Series two wasn’t for everyone:
But if Chris Chibnall’s listening, we’d recommend scrolling through Twitter right now…
And finally, let’s all take a moment to appreciate Alec Hardy’s hair. Just because.
Broadchurch continues next week at 9:00pm on ITV