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: 36


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User Ratings: 950

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Air date: Aug 7, 2013

The body of 11 year old Danny Latimer is found on the beach in Broadchurch - local police officers DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called to investigate a case that will change the town forever... (C) BBC

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Air date: Aug 14, 2013

As the mystery around Danny Latimer's death deepens, DI Hardy and DS Miller must work fast to identify the key suspects. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Aug 21, 2013

The discovery of the murder scene leads DI Hardy and DS Miller to arrest a startling suspect in Danny's murder. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Aug 28, 2013

The aftershocks of Danny's murder continue to ripple through the town, as friends and neighbors' lives come under scrutiny. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Sep 4, 2013

As Hardy and Ellie come under fire, the people of Broadchurch start to turn against each other. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Sep 11, 2013

The town of Broadchurch comes together to mourn. In doing so, a new suspect in the murder of Danny Latimer comes to light. -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Sep 18, 2013

Time is running out to solve Danny's murder. Will the discovery of a vital clue finally unlock the case? -- (C) BBC

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Air date: Sep 25, 2013

The first season ends with family and friends coming together to mourn Danny. Meanwhile, Hardy discovers a key piece of evidence that leads him to the killer.

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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 (36) | 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

Full of hope and love even in the wake of tragedy. It's not just a good place to end, but an excellent place to start.

Sep 9, 2020 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Broadchurch: Season 1

  • Sep 04, 2020
    A classic "small town, big secrets" detective drama, Broadchurch succeeds in weaving a fantastic web of twists and turns that will have you guessing until the last episode. Bolstered by strong lead performances from Tennant and Colman (as well as much of the cast) and helped along by tight scripts and stunning cinematography, Broadchurch is an entertaining yet slow burning thrill ride. The pace may be too slow for some, but give it time, and you will certainly be rewarded.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    Here's a riddle: Q: Why are the makers of Broadchurch more energetic than other show makers? A: Because they used the least effort.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    There's a question I've been asking myself: why did I waste so much time watching this sh*tty excuse of a show?
  • Aug 29, 2020
    Broadchurch is by far, the BEST series on Netflix. I was so sorry it ended. David Tennant is marvelous...the finest real...and that accent send me to heaven! Every episode keeps your interest so much that you will want to see episode after episode way into the night!
  • May 31, 2020
    There is one main reason this show is great: Olivia Colman. She makes this show a pleasure to watch. I actually wasn't guessing until the end, but I loved watching it anyway.
  • May 16, 2020
    Filled with intrigues and amazing character development especially for a mystery
  • Apr 21, 2020
    Weird psychology: The parents of the dead boy don't like like they are grieving all that much. For instance, barely two months after her son's death, the mother can be seen wearing perfectly applied make up. Then, the family has a few people over for dinner...Truth be told, Miller, the female detective, looks much more distraught than they do. We aren't told why and how the second murder was committed. A half-baked show. It passes the time, nothing more.
  • Mar 18, 2020
    Very good suspense. Reasonably good acting. But the ending is a anticlimax. Looks like, time's up, or, the budget ran out, and it ended abruptly. There was not hint or trace in the previous episodes that lead you to the sudden ending.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    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!

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