Broadchurch

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Broadchurch
Alt=Series titles over a coastal scene
GenreCrime drama
FormatSerial drama
Created byChris Chibnall
Written by
  • Chris Chibnall
  • Louise Fox
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)Ólafur Arnalds
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jane Featherstone
  • Chris Chibnall
Producer(s)Richard Stokes
CinematographyMatt Gray
Running time44–46 minutes
Production company(s)Kudos Film and Television
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Original run4 March 2013 (2013-03-04) – present
 
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Broadchurch
Alt=Series titles over a coastal scene
GenreCrime drama
FormatSerial drama
Created byChris Chibnall
Written by
  • Chris Chibnall
  • Louise Fox
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s)Ólafur Arnalds
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jane Featherstone
  • Chris Chibnall
Producer(s)Richard Stokes
CinematographyMatt Gray
Running time44–46 minutes
Production company(s)Kudos Film and Television
Broadcast
Original channelITV
Original run4 March 2013 (2013-03-04) – present

Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV, involving the death of a young boy and the search for his killer, produced by Kudos and starring David Tennant[1] and Olivia Colman.[2] Casting was announced in June 2012, with filming commencing in Clevedon in August as well as in West Bay in Bridport.[3] The series is set on the Dorset coast.[4][5] It premiered on 4 March 2013 at 9:00pm on ITV.[6] In January 2013, the series was bought by BBC America, where it was shown in the United States beginning August 7, 2013.

The first series achieved high ratings for ITV, winning critical acclaim, and generating a large amount of publicity around the "whodunit" mystery. After the first series ended, ITV announced that Broadchurch would return for a second series.[7]

The Fox Broadcasting Network announced that they would produce a remake of Broadchurch for US audiences to air in the 2014–15 season, called Gracepoint. David Tennant has been cast as the lead detective named Emmett Carver.[8]

Development[edit]

Series creator Chris Chibnall described the project as a labour of love; he had always wanted to create a big ensemble drama exploring how a death might affect a community set in an area where he has lived for the last decade. The location of the series was partly inspired by the fact that he lived near the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.[9] In 2011, he wrote the first episode and asked ITV drama commissioner Laura Mackie to read the script. Soon afterwards, she approved production.[10] The series was filmed between August and November 2012, predominantly on the Jurassic Coast at West Bay in Dorset, with the town of Clevedon just outside Bristol doubling as the fictional town of Broadchurch, with interior scenes of the police station shot in studios in Bristol.[10][11]

The secrecy surrounding the conclusion of the first series was well-noted. Olivia Colman confirmed in an interview with Graham Norton that only four cast members knew the identity of the murderer during filming.

The complete series of Broadchurch was released by Acorn Media UK on 20 May 2013.[12]

While ITV commissioned it for a one-off series and creator Chris Chibnall had described the show as "not set up as a returning franchise" and said, "nothing about [Broadchurch] was devised as a big ITV returning banker".,[13] the final episode concluded with the caption "Broadchurch will return" suggesting a second series. ITV confirmed a second series shortly after.

Characters[edit]

Police officers[edit]

Latimer family[edit]

Miller family[edit]

Journalists[edit]

Townsfolk[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal airdate
1"Episode 1.1"James StrongChris Chibnall4 March 2013 (2013-03-04)
The quiet seaside town of Broadchurch is rocked by the murder of eleven year old boy Danny Latimer. DS Ellie Miller is put out when Superintendent Jenkinson hires DI Alec Hardy to head up the investigation. Having known the Latimer family quite well for some years, Ellie has to deal with her own personal struggles, as well as with those people whose lives have been destroyed by Danny's death. Ellie's nephew and budding reporter Olly tries to squeeze information out of the police and local personnel in order to better his own career. Things soon become tense between Ellie and Alec when Olly manages to extract information from her for his press report. Journalist supremo Karen tries to persuade her boss Len to allow her to get an exclusive on the death. With onlookers, journalists and police all trying to get to the bottom of Danny's death, many in the town become suspects. Ellie's son Tom struggles to keep a secret from his mother, and suddenly decides to wipe both his mobile phone and computer to remove evidence. 
2"Episode 1.2"James StrongChris Chibnall11 March 2013 (2013-03-11)
The investigation into Danny's death continues, but takes an unlikely turn when his father, Mark becomes a serious suspect, after his alibi fails to prove his whereabouts, and incriminating evidence of fingerprints and blood found at a summer house up on the cliffs seems to be evidence against him. It is not clear what he is trying to hide. Meanwhile, Danny's mother, Beth, breaks down after an eye-opening experience in the supermarket, and she confides in the Reverend Paul Coates that she is three months pregnant. Coates sees it as his duty to try to comfort the community. Ellie and Alec are soon at odds when a surprise witness comes forward with information surrounding Danny's death. Danny's sister Chloe has to think fast when forensics find cocaine in her room, and a stash of £500 under Danny's bed. Attempting to remove suspicion from her boyfriend Dean, she reveals that hotel owner Becca has been dealing drugs for some time. However, in order to keep her licence to run the hotel, she agrees to provide information. Danny's missing skateboard, which was caught on CCTV at 3am with him riding it is at Susan's, stashed away in her caravan. Danny's sister Chloe liaises with her boyfriend Dean about the possibility of his drug-dealing activities getting out. Newsagent Jack reveals that he saw Danny having an argument with a postman on the day of his death, and suggests that the postman may have information. 
3"Episode 1.3"Euros LynChris Chibnall18 March 2013 (2013-03-18)
Mark is hauled into the police station for questioning, after being unable to account for his whereabouts on the night of Danny's death. That is, however, until Ellie is rocked, when she discovers his true alibi: he was meeting hotel owner Becca for illicit sex. As she confides in the Reverend Paul Coates, Steve approaches her with a message from beyond the grave, and information that Danny (Oskar McNamara) was killed in a fishing boat. Meanwhile, Susan denies all knowledge of Mark ever repairing a burst pipe at the house up on the cliffs, and Ellie's son Tom (Adam Wilson) is brought in for questioning. Karen sheds some light on Alec's past, and reveals her true reason for being in Broadchurch: she wants to discover the truth about Danny's killer first. Nigel struggles to provide an alibi for himself on the night of Danny's death, while Beth uncovers the extent of Mark's lies. When the boat is found burning out at sea, questions are raised as to who the owner could be. 
4"Episode 1.4"Euros LynChris Chibnall25 March 2013 (2013-03-25)
Echo journalist Olly uncovers information about newsagent Jack, including the secret that he was jailed for sexually assaulting a minor before he lived in Broadchurch. Meanwhile, Maggie discovers a photo of Susan in her archive, where Susan is listed as Elaine Jones, throwing suspicion on a possible double life; Nige confronts Susan, telling her to keep quiet about what happened. Does he know more than he is letting on? Beth finds comfort in Steve's information, but Alec believes he is a fake, and warns him to stay away from the Latimer family. After a pleasant dinner with Ellie and Joe, Alec heads home, only to pass out on his bathroom floor, and to be found by hotel owner Becca. Distraught by the lack of national press coverage, Beth and Mark are persuaded into getting news of Danny's murder into the newspapers by journalist Karen, only for the idea to completely backfire and result in an invasion of national press arriving on their doorstep. The Reverend Paul Coates acts suspiciously when questioned by Alec and Ellie, but the shock revelation arrives when Nigel informs Mark that he saw Jack and Olly fighting, after he revealed his sex conviction to the police. Then Jack arrives to try and convince Mark and Beth that is he is not the killer. 
5"Episode 1.5"Euros LynChris Chibnall1 April 2013 (2013-04-01)
Jack struggles as his situation becomes more and more grave after his past criminal record hits the newspapers. Everyone in Broadchurch is forced to choose sides about whether to believe Jack's or the press's story. Alec and Ellie struggle to contain the national press, while Ellie's own emotions bubble up. Unknowingly, Ellie's son Tom is thrown into possible danger after he catches the eye of Susan, and Mark becomes aware of Chloe's antics with her boyfriend Dean. Olly and Karen have sex. Jack reveals that he had an affair with a 15-year-old girl, for which he was imprisoned. They eventually got married when he came out of jail, and had a son together, who died at 6 in a car crash. At the end of the episode Jack commits suicide by jumping off the same cliff where Danny's body was found. 
6"Episode 1.6"James StrongLouise Fox
Chris Chibnall
8 April 2013 (2013-04-08)
The citizens of Broadchurch deal with the aftermath of Jack's suicide. Meanwhile, files are piling up at the police station, and with no fresh leads or witnesses the case is becoming stale. Hardy is stunned when he's told to scale back resources and feels his hope of catching Danny's killer is slipping away. Susan and Nigel seem to share a secret since he offers her money to remain silent. At the Broadchurch Echo, Maggie grows determined to solve a mystery that has taken a very personal turn for her. Susan is arrested after she sympathized with Tom and gave him Danny's skateboard she had been keeping in her mobilehome. Hardy's health is going down and he collapses. 
7"Episode 1.7"James StrongChris Chibnall15 April 2013 (2013-04-15)
Following his collapse, Hardy awakens in the hospital and continues with the investigation, despite the growing concerns, suspicions and outrage of those around him, especially Ellie. With Susan in custody, they commence questioning and she reveals, eventually, that she saw Nigel place Danny's body on the beach. The Reverend Paul Coates tells Hardy that Tom and Danny were not getting along and gives him the smashed laptop that he recovered from the boy. Meanwhile, Maggie and Olly plot to get the scoop on Hardy's health issues and attempt to dig into his past. At dinner, Dean reveals to the Latimers that Danny had been going with Nigel and him to the farm some evenings to catch animals. He was under the impression that Mark knew and had condoned this. It is revealed that Susan knows Nigel to be her lost son, and the story involving her family is explained. Hardy agrees to an exclusive interview and, to the Echo writers' surprise, reveals the painful and complete story surrounding his past and the failed Sanbrook case. The two interviewers are left speechless and with much more respect for Hardy. 
8"Episode 1.8"James StrongChris Chibnall22 April 2013 (2013-04-22)
Someone confesses to strangling Danny after the boy threatened to expose the inappropriate attachment they were nurturing with the boy. The Latimer family are able to hold the funeral for Danny, in which beacons are set alight across the nearby bays in memory of the boy. Following the final episode in a special 'YouTube' video, the family hold a wake for Danny, where Olly turns down a job at the Herald and Alec speaks to Karen White who had tried to get an exclusive out of him on the investigation. The video ends with 'Broadchurch will return'. 

Series 2[edit]

The final episode of series 1 finished with a caption reading "Broadchurch Will Return", indicating that series 2 of the programme was in development. ITV has confirmed that Broadchurch has been commissioned for a new series to begin production in 2014.[7][14]

Ratings[edit]

The series launched to 6.15 million viewers with a 25.2% share, with an extra 716k (4.4%) switching on to watch on +1. It won its time-slot beating Mayday and Embarrassing Bodies.[15] The second episode continued to perform well pulling in 5.78 million viewers with a 23.2%, with an extra 606k (3.7%) watched on +1. It once again won its competitive time slot beating Embarrassing Bodies and BBC One's Shetland.[16] The third episode climbed to its biggest audience so far pulling in 7.30 million viewers with a 30.9% share, adding an extra 241,000 (1.1%) on +1. Once again it won its time slot.[17] The fourth episode continued to a massive audience, pulling in 6.88 million viewers with 28.1% share, and further 308k (1.79%) watched on +1.[18] The fifth episode climbed in the ratings from the previous week to help give ITV a win over BBC One, overnight data revealed.[19] The fifth episode attracted 6.29 million viewers (24.5%) at 9pm. A further 310,000 tuned in on ITV+1.[19] The sixth episode climbed once again in the ratings, overnight data revealed.[20] The penultimate episode won an audience of 6.93 million (27.7%) on ITV at 9pm, with 342,000 (1.9%) tuning in on ITV+1.[21]

Summary of episode ratings
EpisodeDateOfficial ITV rating[22]
(millions)
Weekly rank[22] ^1Share (%)Official ITV HD rating[23]
(millions)
Official ITV +1 rating
(millions)
Total ITV viewers (millions)
Episode 14 March 20137.43625.2[15]0.730.919.07
Episode 211 March 20137.38623.2[16]0.700.929.01
Episode 318 March 20138.29530.9[17]0.940.429.65
Episode 425 March 20138.03822.3[18]0.880.509.42
Episode 51 April 20137.38624.5[19]0.910.528.81
Episode 68 April 20137.58727.7[20]0.850.528.95
Episode 715 April 20137.84628.9[21]1.170.559.56
Episode 822 April 20138.63334.2[24]1.260.5810.47

American adaptation[edit]

It was announced in August 2013 at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that American television network Fox would develop an American version of Broadchurch. The new series has been titled Gracepoint. Chris Chibnall will write the premiere episode and executive produce the series.[8] Production began in January 2014 for a spot in FOX's 2014–15 season.[25] David Tennant was confirmed to star in this series playing the lead detective named Emmett Carver.

Awards and nominations[edit]

AwardCategoryNominee(s)Result
Freesat AwardsBest British TV Programme or SeriesBroadchurchWon
Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Mini-SeriesBroadchurchNominated
Outstanding Actor in a Mini-SeriesDavid TennantNominated
Outstanding Actress in a Mini-SeriesOlivia ColmanNominated
TV Choice Awards[26]Best New DramaBroadchurchWon
Best ActorDavid TennantWon
Best ActressOlivia ColmanNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress In A Drama SeriesOlivia ColmanPending
National TV Awards[27]DramaBroadchurchNominated
Radio Times TV DetectiveDavid TennantNominated
Radio Times TV DetectiveOlivia ColmanNominated
South Bank Sky Arts Award[28]TV DramaBroadchurchWon
Broadcast Awards[29]Best Drama Series or SerialBroadchurchWon
International Programme SalesBroadchurchWon
Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards[30]Best Drama SeriesBroadchurchPending
Best WriterChris ChibnallPending
Best ActorDavid TennantPending
Best ActressOlivia ColmanPending
Royal Television Society Awards[31]Drama SerialBroadchurchPending
Writer - DramaChris ChibnallPending
Actor - FemaleOlivia ColmanPending

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tennant joins ITV drama | News | C21Media
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  3. ^ Filming locations
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  6. ^ Broadchurch – Episode 1 | Broadchurch
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  11. ^ "Doctor Who turns detective". The Sun. 1 March 2013. 
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  27. ^ "NTAs 2014 full shortlist". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "South Bank Awards For Broadchurch And Monkeys". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
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