Broadchurch

Series 3 - Episode 1

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Review

Detectives Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy are called to the steps of their own police station in the middle of the night where a woman stares blankly into the distance, a single tear coursing down her cheek. She’s been raped and she’s catatonic with shock.

It’s a harrowing start to what looks like a back-on-form Broadchurch (let’s forget about the misfired series two), which might even be better than Chris Chibnall’s first, unforgettable story set in that deceptively calm-looking, sun-blushed Dorset town.

As Miller and Hardy (Olivia Colman and David Tennant, both so good) carefully and kindly take the victim Trish through the difficult processes involved in evidence gathering after a sexual assault, she slowly offers fractured memories of the attack.

Julie Hesmondhalgh is heartbreaking as baffled and traumatised Trish; “Why did he choose me?” while Miller and Hardy fear the worst kind of predator is loose on their patch. It’s quietly brilliant.

Summary

DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called in to investigate a serious sexual assault. Chris Chibnall's crime drama set in a Dorset seaside town, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, with Julie Hesmondhalgh, Charlie Higson, Jodie Whittaker and Lenny Henry.

Cast & Crew

DS Ellie Miller Olivia Colman
DI Alec Hardy David Tennant
Trish Winterman Julie Hesmondhalgh
Ian Winterman Charlie Higson
Beth Latimer Jodie Whittaker
Mark Latimer Andrew Buchan
Cath Atwood Sarah Parish
Jim Atwood Mark Bazeley
Ed Burnett Lenny Henry
Clive Lucas Sebastian Armesto
DC Katie Harford Georgina Campbell
Maggie Radcliffe Carolyn Pickles
Rev Paul Coates Arthur Darvill
Chloe Latimer Charlotte Beaumont
Daisy Hardy Hannah Rae
Tom Miller Adam Wilson
David Barrett Roy Hudd
Sahana Harrison Sunetra Sarker
Anna Palmer Andrea Hall
Uniform Bob Steve Bennett
Soco Brian Peter De Jersey
Mrs Angela Dyer Julie Cox
Linda Jane Whittenshaw
Lizzie Latimer Emily Allison
Executive Producer Jane Featherstone
Executive Producer Chris Chibnall
Producer Richard Stokes
Writer Chris Chibnall
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