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GenreCrime drama
FormatSerial drama
Created byChris Chibnall
Written by
  • Chris Chibnall
  • Louise Fox
Directed by
Composer(s)Ólafur Arnalds
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
  • Jane Featherstone
  • Chris Chibnall
Producer(s)Richard Stokes
CinematographyMatt Gray
Running time44–50 minutes
Production company(s)Kudos Film and Television
Original channelITV
Original run4 March 2013 (2013-03-04) – present
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Alt=Series titles over a coastal scene
GenreCrime drama
FormatSerial drama
Created byChris Chibnall
Written by
  • Chris Chibnall
  • Louise Fox
Directed by
Composer(s)Ólafur Arnalds
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
  • Jane Featherstone
  • Chris Chibnall
Producer(s)Richard Stokes
CinematographyMatt Gray
Running time44–50 minutes
Production company(s)Kudos Film and Television
Original channelITV
Original run4 March 2013 (2013-03-04) – present

Broadchurch is a British television crime drama created and written by Chris Chibnall, broadcast on ITV and produced by Kudos. It stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman. Casting was announced in June 2012, with filming commencing in Clevedon in August as well as in West Bay in Bridport.[1] It premiered on 4 March 2013 at 9:00pm on ITV.[2] In January 2013, the series was acquired by BBC America, where it was shown in the United States beginning August 7, 2013.

Set on the Dorset coast, it centres on the death of an eleven-year-old boy, and the search for his murderer by detectives Alec Hardy (Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Colman).[3][4][5][6] Its first series achieved high ratings for ITV, winning critical acclaim, while also 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.

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. Once again, David Tennant has been cast as the lead detective, this time named Emmett Carver.[7][8]


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 the area where he had 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] Though he came up with the idea for and started plotting out Broadchurch in 2003,[10][11] he did not complete it at that time. It was not until 2011 that he was inspired by a recent experience writing for a US show to take up Broadchurch once more, finishing the script for the first episode and asking ITV drama commissioner Laura Mackie to read it later that same year. Soon afterwards, she approved production.[12] 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.[12][13]

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.[14]

While ITV originally commissioned only one series, and creator Chris Chibnall said "nothing about [Broadchurch] was devised as a big ITV returning banker" [15] Chibnall originally created Broadchurch to be a trilogy, planned to run for three series;[16] in a Royal Television Society Q&A in November 2013 he discussed how Broadchurch series one was written to work both as a self-contained drama and as the first of a trilogy, as the second and third series being commissioned was dependent on how successful the first was.[11]

The final episode of series 1 finished with a caption reading "Broadchurch Will Return". In April 2013 ITV confirmed that Broadchurch had been commissioned for a second series to begin production in 2014.[17][18] On 12 May 2014, ITV announced that David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill would all be returning,[19] to be joined by new cast members Charlotte Rampling, Eve Myles, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.[20]


Characters in series one of Broadchurch included the following:

The police[edit]

The Latimers[edit]

The Millers[edit]

Members of the press[edit]

The townspeople[edit]


Series 1 (2013)[edit]

#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal airdate
1"Episode 1.1"James StrongChris Chibnall4 March 2013 (2013-03-04)
DS Ellie Miller is upset when Superintendent Jenkinson hires Alec Hardy to the DI position Miller wanted. Hardy's first case is a cut barbed-wire fence and stolen fuel. Eleven-year-old boy Danny Latimer goes missing, and his body is found at the base of cliffs overlooking the local beach. Beth Latimer sees her son's body on the beach and breaks down. Having known the Latimers for years, Ellie deals with her own personal struggles as well as the Latimer's. SOCO says the crime scene was altered to look like an accident, and the pathologist says Danny was strangled. Hardy and Ellie disclose the cause of Danny's death to the Latimers, and Mark identifies the body. Ellie's nephew and ambitious reporter Olly Stevens extracts information from Ellie for a Twitter report, causing tension with the police and upsetting the Latimers. Ellie takes the blame for Olly's action. Jenkinson asks Hardy if he wishes to withdraw from the case, but he does not. Karen White, reporter for national newspaper The Daily Herald, arrives in town without her supervisor's permission to try to get an exclusive on the death. Beth visits the crime scene with Ellie, and Ellie expresses her grief to her husband Joe. Ellie and Joe tell their son, Tom, about Danny's death. Tom secretly wipes his mobile phone and computer to remove evidence. Olly unwittingly provides Karen with a link to Chloe Latimer, and CCTV footage shows Danny skateboarding down the High Street on the night of his murder. Ellie notes that Danny's smartphone and skateboard were not recovered at the crime scene, and are missing. At a press conference at the local school, Hardy urges anyone to come forward if anyone they know is behaving differently and remarks: "There will be no hiding place for Danny's killer. We will catch whoever did this."
2"Episode 1.2"James StrongChris Chibnall11 March 2013 (2013-03-11)
The investigation into Danny's death takes an unlikely turn when his father, Mark, becomes a suspect after providing an unbelieveable alibi and his fingerprints and blood are found at a summer house on the cliffs near the murder scene. It is not clear what Mark is trying to hide. Meanwhile, Danny's mother, Beth, breaks down in the supermarket, and she confides in the Reverend Paul Coates that she is pregnant. Coates sees it as his duty to try to comfort the community. Ellie and Alec are at odds over Ellie's need to distrust everyone in town. Telephone worker Steve Connelly surprises Hardy and Miller by saying he has information about Danny's death. Police discover cocaine in the bedroom of Danny's sister, Chloe, and £500 under Danny's bed. Attempting to remove suspicion from her boyfriend, Dean Thomas, Chloe reveals that hotel owner Becca Fisher has been dealing drugs. In order to keep her hotelkeeper's licence, Becca accuses Dean of being a drug dealer. The audience learns that Susan Wright has the skateboard stashed in her caravan. Chloe conspires with Dean to keep his drug-dealing activities from becoming known. Newsagent Jack Marshall reveals that he saw Danny having an argument with a postman a few weeks back, but the postman denies any altercation.
3"Episode 1.3"Euros LynChris Chibnall18 March 2013 (2013-03-18)
Mark is again questioned by police. Hardy and Miller find blood on Mark's fishing boat, and Mark's fingerprint in a summer house near the crime scene. Mark claims he fixed a burst pipe there, but summer house caretaker Susan denies he did so. Mark is arrested after Nigel's attempt to support his alibi falls apart. Steve Connelly approaches Beth with a message from beyond the grave, and tells her Danny was killed by someone close to the family, in a boat. Tom Miller is questioned by Hardy, and Tom reveals that Mark Latimer struck Danny. The audience learns more about Hardy's illness, and Beth considers Rev. Coates' proposal for a memorial service. Chloe asks Becca for help, and Becca tells the police that Mark was having sex with her the night Danny died. Mark is released. When Mark refuses to tell Beth where he was the night Danny died, she all but accuses him of killing their son. Mark storms out to meet Becca; Beth follows, and discovers his infidelity. Karen sheds some light on Hardy's past, and reveals she wants to discover Danny's killer because of Hardy's failure to do so in the Sandbrook case. A boat is found burning at sea.
4"Episode 1.4"Euros LynChris Chibnall25 March 2013 (2013-03-25)
Olly discovers that newsagent Jack was jailed for sex with a minor years before he moved to Broadchurch. The police hold a public meeting to discuss the case, after which Steve confronts DI Hardy about the accuracy of his psychic information. Karen tells the Latimers that national press attention will help their case, and they agree to help her write a story. Olly reveals his information about Jack to the police. Susan confronts Nigel about a connection they share, and he angrily tells her to stay away. Hardy and Miller question a defensive Jack about his sex-offender past. Echo editor Maggie Radcliffe discovers that Susan may really be someone named Elaine Jones, and Susan threatens Maggie in return. Hardy and Miller disclose that Steve is a convicted criminal, and the Latimers cut Steve out of their lives. Hardy and Miller question Rev. Coates, who discloses Danny and Tom's interest in computers and that he has no alibi. Olly confronts Jack publicly about his sex crime. Nigel, who witnesses their argument, tells Mark. After a pleasant dinner with Ellie and Joe, Hardy heads home and passes out on his bathroom floor. Hotel owner Becca discovers him and takes him to the hospital, but Hardy checks himself out early to work on the case. News media coverage of Danny's murder backfires, and a horde of national press descends on Broadchurch and invades people's privacy. The memorial service is held. Jack arrives at the Latimer household with Danny's cell phone, and tries to convince them that he is not the killer.
5"Episode 1.5"Euros LynChris Chibnall1 April 2013 (2013-04-01)
Beth confronts Mark and then later Becca about their adultery. At Karen's suggestion, Olly writes a national news article about Jack's past. Mark confirms the cell phone is Danny's, but DS Miller says Danny also owned a smartphone—which is still missing. Lucy Stevens, DS Miller's sister, asks for money in return for information about Danny's murder but Miller refuses. Olly and Karen have sex. Jack is harassed after his criminal record hits the newspapers, but his hatred of police leads him to decline to help Hardy and Miller clear his name. Dean tells Chloe how Jack hugged and touched him and other boys in the Sea Brigade, and the Echo prints the allegations. The harassment against Jack worsens. Susan makes contact with Ellie's son, Tom, and Mark becomes aware of Chloe's relationship with Dean and confronts her about it. Nigel attempts to bribe Susan to leave town, but she refuses to take the money. A mob attacks Jack at the sea brigade hall. Mark stops them and confronts Jack, who reveals he had an affair with a 15-year-old girl, for which he was imprisoned. They married when he was released from jail, and had a son. The son died at the age of six in an automobile accident caused by Jack's wife, and they divorced. Mark advises Jack to leave Broadchurch in order to stay safe. Olly reports that his family's boat is missing, and Beth and Mark begin to reconcile. Jack's car is vandalized, and news of his past makes the local and national papers. Unable to take it any more, 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)
With leads growing cold and budget limitations, Jenkinson scales back the investigation. At Jack's funeral, Rev. Coates accuses the town of failing an innocent man. At the wake at Traders Inn, DI Hardy sees Coates suspiciously touching some boys. Beth asks Karen White to arrange a meeting with one of the parents in the Sandbrook case, to help her overcome her grief. Tom Miller angrily tells an astonished Chloe that he was not Danny's best friend. Hardy discovers that Coates is a recoving alcoholic, and Danny's hair and prints and paint chips from his skateboard are found on the burned boat. Olly provides a list of those who used the boat last, and Hardy confronts Coates over his hidden alcoholic past and a previous assault on a child. Beth meets with Cate, the mother of one of the murdered girls from the Sandbrook case, and Chloe has a rough time on the first day back at school. Beth learns of Chloe's relationship with Dean, and Rev. Coates provides a DNA sample to police while accusing Hardy of suspecting everyone and having no faith in mankind. At the Broadchurch Echo, Maggie solves the Susan Wright mystery. Susan meets Tom, and gives him Danny's skateboard. DS Miller's discovery of the skateboard leads to Susan's arrest. Nigel steals Susan's dog, the Latimers have a normal day out, and Rev. Coates catches Tom destroying his laptop. A break-in at the summer house leads Hardy and Miller on a footchase with an unidentified suspect, and Hardy collapses from the exertion and suffers a heart attack.
7"Episode 1.7"James StrongChris Chibnall15 April 2013 (2013-04-15)
Hardy refuses to be hospitalized and continues with the investigation, despite warnings it could cause his death. Jenkinson advises Hardy he will be invalided off the force in 24 hours. Ellie links Susan to Danny's murder through cigarette butts at the crime scene. Susan claims she saw Danny's body on the beach during a late-night walk, and tells Ellie her life story. Maggie learns of Hardy's collapse, and Hardy contacts Steve in a desperate attempt to solve the case. Maggie and Olly blackmail Hardy into giving them an exclusive or they will publicly reveal Hardy's health problems. Beth and Mark seek counseling from Rev. Coates, and debate whether to keep their baby. Ellie confronts Susan, pointing out inconsistencies in her story. Susan claims she saw Nigel arrive in a boat and leave the body and skateboard on the beach. Nigel is arrested and the dog is found. Extensive questioning leads Susan to reveal that Nigel is her son, and she believes he's a child murderer like his father. Nigel says he went hunting the night Danny died, and admits to cutting a fence and stealing fuel (as seen in episode one). Susan and Nigel are released. Hardy learns Danny's smartphone was used to report the summer house break-in. Reverend Coates tells Hardy that Tom and Danny were not getting along and gives Hardy the smashed laptop he recovered from Tom. Later on while being interviewed by Maggie and Olly, Hardy confesses that his ex-wife, who was a Police DS, was responsible for the downfall of the Sandbrook case, and he took the blame in order to protect their teenage daughter. This leaves the two reporters speechless. Nigel escapes police surveillance and threatens Susan, so she vanishes later that night. At dinner, Dean tells the shocked Latimers that he accompanied Danny and Nigel onto the estate late at night to hunt animals. Nigel, he says, told him that Mark knew and condoned these trips. Size ten footprints are found at the summer house, Hardy asks Ellie about a fight between Tom and Danny, and Ellie gives Hardy access to Tom's computer.
8"Episode 1.8"James StrongChris Chibnall22 April 2013 (2013-04-22)
It's Hardy's last day on the job, and the Millers cannot find Tom's laptop. Ellie pays Lucy £1,000 to learn that Lucy saw a man place a bag of clothes in a dumpster the night Danny died. Nigel is found and re-arrested. With Joe Miller present, Hardy interviews Tom about the laptop and about emails Danny exchanged with Tom and another person. Danny's cell phone is reactivated, which leads Hardy to the killer: Joe. He confesses to strangling Danny after the boy threatened to expose the inappropriate attachment Joe had with the him. In a flashback, the audience sees the events of 59 days earlier, when Joe killed Danny. Joe says he called from the summer house to confess to Hardy, but Hardy brought Ellie as well. Not wanting to confess in front of his wife, Joe ran. Hardy informs Elle, who confronts and attacks Joe in a rage before being restrained. The aftermath of Joe's confession is shown: Ellie moves into a hotel with her children; Hardy works with the investigative team and Karen White on the press conference announcing the killer's capture; and Hardy tells the Latimers about Joe. Mark confronts Joe through a cell door, and Beth accuses Ellie of covering up her husband's complicity. Ellie and Hardy then discuss Joe's psychological problems. The Latimer family holds Danny's funeral. That night, beacons are set alight all along the beaches and cliffs of Dorset near Broadchurch in memory of the slain boy.

Following episode eight, an extra scene was released on YouTube depicting Danny's wake, held the afternoon after the funeral but before evening when the beacons were lit. Nigel and Mark are shown reconciled, Olly turns down a job at the Herald, and Hardy speaks to Karen White about why he alerted her to Joe's arrest. The video ends with the words "Broadchurch will return".

Series 2[edit]

After the first series ended, ITV announced that Broadchurch would return for a second series.[17] The show's creator, Chris Chibnall, told the The Daily Mirror in the summer of 2013 that "the focus of the next series will be on how the shattered community rebuilds itself after the grisly events" of series one.[21] Series one actor Will Mellor strongly implied in an interview that a new murder would not be the focus of the new season.[21]

David Tennant, Olivia Colman,[22] Andrew Buchan, Arthur Darvill, Jodie Whittaker, Charlotte Beaumont and Joe Sims are returning cast members.[23] New series two cast members include Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy, Eve Myles, Charlotte Rampling, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.[24] Pauline Quirke was seen in Weymouth while series two was filming, although the nature of her character in the sequel is unclear.[25]

The plot of series two has been closely guarded. Cast members were sworn to secrecy about the details,[26] and required to sign non-disclosure agreements.[27] Actor Andrew Buchan said cast members have been told little about the plot, except on a need-to-know basis as they prepare for their performances in each episode.[28] News media, however, have reported that the series returns to the fictional town of Broadchurch.

The second series is filming in North Somerset, Devon, Dorset,[28] and the town of Reading in Berkshire.[22] Filming began in late May 2014[29] and is scheduled to end in October.[30] Shooting has taken place at a Munchees cafe in Reading[31] and the seafront and The Lazy Lizard nightclub in the city of Weymouth, while St Andrew's Church in Clevedon has been used to depict the Broadchurch Parish Church and burying ground. Buildings on the campus of the University of Exeter have been used to represent the Wessex police station and a local courtroom.[26]

James Strong, who directed five of the eight five episodes in series one, will direct the first two episodes of series two.[32] Jane Featherstone and Chris Chibnall continue as executive producers,[29] with Chibnall acting as lead writer again.[33]

The second series will reportedly air in January 2015 in the UK,[31] while BBC America has announced they will air it in "early 2015."[34]


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.[35] 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.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38] The fifth episode climbed in the ratings from the previous week to help give ITV a win over BBC One, overnight data revealed.[39] The fifth episode attracted 6.29 million viewers (24.5%) at 9pm. A further 310,000 tuned in on ITV+1.[39] The sixth episode climbed once again in the ratings, overnight data revealed.[40] 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.[41]

Summary of episode ratings
EpisodeDateOfficial ITV rating[42]
Weekly rank[42] ^1Share (%)Official ITV HD rating[43]
Official ITV +1 rating
Total ITV viewers (millions)
Episode 14 March 20137.43625.2[35]0.730.919.07
Episode 211 March 20137.38623.2[36]0.700.929.01
Episode 318 March 20138.29530.9[37]0.940.429.65
Episode 425 March 20138.03822.3[38]0.880.509.42
Episode 51 April 20137.38624.5[39]0.910.528.81
Episode 68 April 20137.58727.7[40]0.850.528.95
Episode 715 April 20137.84628.9[41]1.170.559.56
Episode 822 April 20138.63334.2[44]1.260.5810.47
Series average2013Template:7.82
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Awards and nominations[edit]

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[45]Best New DramaBroadchurchWon
Best ActorDavid TennantWon
Best ActressOlivia ColmanNominated
Satellite AwardsActress In A Drama SeriesOlivia ColmanNominated
National TV Awards[46]DramaBroadchurchNominated
Radio Times TV DetectiveDavid TennantNominated
Radio Times TV DetectiveOlivia ColmanNominated
South Bank Sky Arts Award[47]TV DramaBroadchurchWon
Broadcast Awards[48]Best Drama Series or SerialBroadchurchWon
International Programme SalesBroadchurchWon
Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards[49]Best Drama SeriesBroadchurchWon
Best WriterChris ChibnallWon
Best ActorDavid TennantNominated
Best ActressOlivia ColmanWon
Royal Television Society Awards[50]Drama SerialBroadchurchWon
Writer — DramaChris ChibnallNominated
Actor — FemaleOlivia ColmanWon
TRIC Awards[51]Crime Programme of the YearBroadchurchWon
BAFTA Craft Awards[52]Director — Fiction/EntertainmentJames StrongNominated
Writer — DramaChris ChibnallNominated
Editing — FictionMike JonesNominated
Original Television MusicOlafur ArnaldsWon
Production DesignCatrin MeredyddNominated
Peabody Award[53]Area of ExcellenceBroadchurchWon
2014 Televisual Bulldog Awards[54][55]Drama SerialBroadchurchWon
Best in ShowBroadchurchWon
2014 British Academy Television AwardsDrama SeriesBroadchurchWon
Leading ActressOlivia ColmanWon
Supporting ActorDavid BradleyWon
Radio Times Audience AwardBroadchurchNominated
2014 Television Critics Association Awards[56]Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and SpecialsBroadchurchNominated


Broadchurch Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Ólafur Arnalds
Released13 April 2013
LabelMercury Classics

The soundtrack to Broadchurch Series 1 was composed by BAFTA award winning artist Ólafur Arnalds.[57] Arnalds, born 3 November 1986, is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær, Iceland.

Arnalds composed the score for Broadchurch, with Chris Chibnall (the creator of Broadchurch) apparently listening to Arnalds' prior work whilst writing the show, making Ólafur a natural choice as the show was inspired by his albums.[58] Arnalds received positive critical acclaim for the composition in addition to a BAFTA for 'Original Television Music 2014'.[59][60]

The Broadchurch (Music From the Original Soundtrack) EP was released on the 13th of April 2013 by Mercury Classics,[61] a division of Decca Records.

  1. "Main Theme" – Ólafur Arnalds
  2. "So Close (feat. Arnor Dan)" – Ólafur Arnalds
  3. "Suspects" – Ólafur Arnalds
  4. "Arcade" – Ólafur Arnalds
  5. "Broken" – Ólafur Arnalds
  6. "Beth's Theme" – Ólafur Arnalds

Home media[edit]

Broadchurch: The Complete 1st Season was released on DVD format on 1 April 2014 in the US. The three-disc set will contain all eight episodes, as well as bonus features such as "Broadchurch: Behind the Scenes" and Deleted Scenes.[62]

American adaptation[edit]

Further information: Gracepoint

In early 2014, the Fox broadcasting network in the United States announced it had licensed the rights to Broadchurch and would produce an Americanized version of the series, to be named Gracepoint. The Fox series will also star David Tennant, and will be created and written by Chris Chibnall and directed by James Strong. Gracepoint will begin airing in the fall of 2014.


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