Broadchurch: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 35


Audience Score

User Ratings: 886
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Air date: Aug 7, 2013
Air date: Aug 14, 2013
Air date: Aug 21, 2013
Air date: Aug 28, 2013
Air date: Sep 4, 2013
Air date: Sep 11, 2013
Air date: Sep 18, 2013
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.


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
Charlotte Beaumont
as Chloe Latimer
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…
Top Critic

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…

Unlike some shows that artificially ramp up the action, Broadchurch methodically builds up the pressure to a conclusion that won't let you down.

Feb 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Broadchurch is based on a generic premise, but nothing feels stale. With depth and passion, Colman brings her character's profound questioning to vibrant life.

Sep 24, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broadchurch: Season 1

  • Oct 05, 2019
    An absolute revelation, it's something I never quite expected. Broadchurch is deep, analytical, dark and... well, unforgettable. Loved it.
  • Sep 15, 2019
    Writing sucked. What was that ending anyways? Horrible.
  • Sep 03, 2019
    Brilliant. Extraordinarily well-written and acted. You will not see the ending coming.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Broadchurch is one of the best crime dramas I've seen, especially in this first series. It's your standard "small town with big secrets" theme taken to a whole new level as we are shown how a murder affects such a close-knit town, how secrets are discovered in every character under the pressure this investigation brings. The best thing about the show, however, is how pleasing it is to the senses: the music scores are fantastic, the choice of color and lighting is magnificent, and all of it is shot in front of a gorgeous seaside landscape. In short, Broadchurch is able to balance raw emotion with graceful cinematography, merging them to create riveting, funny, and elegant episodes.
  • Jun 17, 2019
    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.
  • May 29, 2019
    Never-boring, gripping, tense, but touching and heart-wrenching at the same time. Unbelievable performance by Olivia Coleman, and some of the major casts.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    The bar was lifted after this superb series.
  • Apr 12, 2019
    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.
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Taken me 6 years to watch this and I did the same as other viewers and watched it all in one day...... Magnificent
  • Dec 27, 2018
    Acting was solid and emotional, while the cinematography was beautiful, but it felt as though the storyline was stretched out to develop enough suspects..

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