Broadchurch: Season 1 (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Well written and beautifully shot, Broadchurch is a deliberate, slowly unfolding mystery procedural with terrific performances from a fine cast.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2013
2
Air date: Aug 14, 2013
3
Air date: Aug 21, 2013
4
Air date: Aug 28, 2013
5
Air date: Sep 4, 2013
6
Air date: Sep 11, 2013
7
Air date: Sep 18, 2013
8
Air date: Sep 25, 2013

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The death of a young boy sparks a complex murder investigation that puts a entire town, its residents and its secrets under a national spotlight. Local police officer Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) is begrudgingly teamed up with shady newcomer D.I. Alec Hardy (David Tennant) on the tense case. And it's not long before she is forced to look at her own community in a whole new, disturbing, light.

Cast

Olivia Colman
as Ellie Miller
David Tennant
as Alec Hardy
Jodie Whittaker
as Beth Latimer
Andrew Buchan
as Matt Latimer
Vicky McClure
as Karen White
Arthur Darvill
as Rev. Paul Coates
Adam Wilson
as Tom Miller
Pauline Quirke
as Susan Wright
Jonathan Bailey
as Olly Stevens
Will Mellor
as Steve Connelly
Carolyn Pickles
as Maggie Radcliffe
Simone McAullay
as Becca Fisher
Oskar McNamara
as Danny Latimer
Susan Brown
as Liz Roper
Joe Sims
as Nige Carter
David Bradley
as Jack Marshall
Jacob Anderson
as Dean Thomas
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Critic Reviews for Broadchurch Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

It's everything great drama should be -- riveting, raw, heartbreaking, funny and very, very smart.

Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Simply a well-written, well-produced and well-acted murder mystery that's a pleasure to watch.

Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's more to this than meets the eye.

Aug 6, 2013 | Full Review…
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The cinematography is as stellar as the cast.

Aug 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Broadchurch is simply a knockout.

Aug 6, 2013 | Full Review…

A little patience is required but rewarded.

Aug 6, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It looks as if Broadchurch will reveal itself as a "town-with-murky-secrets" story, but on the evidence of this first episode we can expect it to be done with a skilful touch and a fine eye for detail.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

I recommend the original as a rare, only somewhat tarnished gem in a garbage-littered landscape.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

You're...effectively hooked, thanks to thoughtful pacing and an intriguing ensemble of characters who make for a high-quality whodunit.

Jul 27, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tennant and Colman are joined by an incredible cast... It's a murder mystery with a lot of heart.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broadchurch: Season 1

The first season is one of the best crime stories I've ever seen, with superb acting and a taught, slow-burn story. But do yourself a favour and stop after Season 1.

Never-boring, gripping, tense, but touching and heart-wrenching at the same time. Unbelievable performance by Olivia Coleman, and some of the major casts.

The bar was lifted after this superb series.

The first season of Broadchuch was a thrilling season to watch. Mixed with David Tennant's amazing performance, and the beautifully well crafted visuals, Broadchurch season 1 is definitely among some of the best crime-solving detective stories we have to date. I highly suggest you give it a watch.

Taken me 6 years to watch this and I did the same as other viewers and watched it all in one day...... Magnificent

Acting was solid and emotional, while the cinematography was beautiful, but it felt as though the storyline was stretched out to develop enough suspects..

Excellent first and second season! Acting was A+ and the plot line was terrific. Amazing ending that didn't make me feel cheated at all

Aside from a couple of annoying characters was good viewing.

Broadchurch. Say it out loud, or as a whisper, or as prayer. I cannot recommend this British mystery/police procedural television series enough. Broadchurch is a pull your mind from your body -into the story -show that makes you beg like Oliver Twist, "Please sir, I want some more." David Tenant and Olivia Colman are charismatic and have that natural screen chemistry that tells the viewers, yes, believe us. And, we do.

While season 1 of Broadchurch does follow the standard storyline of a detective show, excellent performances by everyone involved and a foreign (to me) setting makes it slightly more interesting than most others in the same genre.

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