Broadchurch: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1

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



Critic Ratings: 35


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User Ratings: 910
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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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Broadchurch: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Amazingly good. A very unique television experience. Great acting performances turned in by all.
  • Feb 18, 2020
    One of the greatest crime dramas of the decade!
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Among the very best TV I have ever seen. Plot, script, actors (all of them) came together to form an absolute must see.
  • Nov 30, 2019
    Wonderful, I love the Show it's so amazing ❤️
  • Nov 17, 2019
    Who are all these people giving the show 5 stars!? Seriously this is so slow and boring! ..and the ending is agh terrible
  • Nov 08, 2019
    Awesome. Gripping. Binge worthy. Great characters and character development. The quality of British television is far superior to American tv content.
  • Oct 21, 2019
    My 19 year old daughter and I binge watched season 1 on a recent weekend. Captivating, great characters, and a fairly believable crime and investigation. So many characters that many of us can relate to. Amongst many things the series does well It does a good job of putting the "herd mentality" on display and how a tragic event can ruin relationships. We had a bit of a problem understanding a lot of the dialogue due to the strong accents but turning on captions cured that. Family friendly with no sex, foul language or graphic scenes.
  • 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.

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