Broadchurch: Season 3 (2017)


Season 3

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In its final season, Broadchurch establishes a high standard for police procedurals to come, combining socially conscious themes with suspenseful mystery and a pair of compelling leads.



Critic Ratings: 43


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User Ratings: 629

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Air date: Jun 28, 2017

In the Season 3 premiere, DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller investigate a brutal sexual assault.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2017

News of the attack spreads, sending shockwaves through Broadchurch.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2017

Trish receives a shocking message but refuses to cooperate with Ellie and Hardy, who are beginning to identify possible suspects.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2017

A shocking revelation turns the case on its head.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2017

The case is reevaluated when new information comes to light.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2017

Ed comes under scrutiny; Mark makes a decision.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2017

Ellie makes a breakthrough; and the Latimers count the cost.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2017

The truth behind Trish's rape is uncovered in the Season 3 finale.

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A local woman has come forward about being raped after her friends party. Detectives Hardy and Miller begin to investigate the case, questioning everyone who were at the party that night, however, they soon find out that a lot of the guest have secrets so they try their best to uncover the attacker.

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Critic Reviews for Broadchurch Season 3

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (19)

Tennant and Colman are the marquee players, though. Their consuming dedications to duty drive Broadchurch through its thickets of who was where and when and why. Theirs is one of TV's best-ever detective duos.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

While this finale can't really measure up to the show's breathtaking debut season, it is a well-made farewell to my favorite crime fighting duo on TV right now.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Broadchurch ticks all the Brit drama boxes and still manages to stand out from the mysteries some of us can't get enough of.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

After a disappointing second season, Broadchurch is back at its brilliant best.

Jun 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The series paints a fairly grim view of humanity, but Colman and Tennant save the series from being completely and utterly depressing.

Jun 28, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

For fans of the show's procedural elements, this is a good ending, and as "satisfying" a culprit reveal as could be. Still, in its final bow, Broadchurch jettisoned a lot of what made it so special, and that can only be seen as a missed opportunity.

Dec 29, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The message about sex cheapened and emotions stunted by internet porn felt more sociology lecture than prime-time drama. But at least Broadchurch kept you hanging on by your fingertips.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Broadchurch is back on fine form, finally. After an implausible second series that struggled to deliver sensitive storylines with subtlety, Chris Chibnall's popular drama has returned to its best.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The show gave the genre a much-needed injection of British understatement, stoicism and bleak humour, raising the bar for everything that dared to follow.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

What elevates "Broadchurch" above other crime dramas is its empathy for its characters' travails and, of course, the enduring chemistry between the two leads.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It's almost too unbearable to watch, yet Broadchurch manages to keep its audience invested in what is happening to Trish in the moment.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Colman is once again the star player... she brings humanity, strength and determination to Miller, one of the most brilliantly realised and affecting characters on mainstream TV.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broadchurch: Season 3

  • Feb 18, 2021
    A very strong third season caps off an all-around great series. Broadchurch season three plays to its strengths and introduces more new characters and another serious crime to get wrapped up in with our two captivating lead characters Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy played brilliantly by Olivia Colman and David Tennant. Broadchurch as a whole has all the ingredients of a great crime drama: compelling characters, high stakes crime, and solid writing and direction.
  • Jan 30, 2021
    Such a drop from the first two seasons. The first two were at least a 4/5 with interesting stories and tangles lines. The third season was clearly written with an agenda. Irrelevant stories with unrelatable/poorly casted characters and predictable lines. Wish they stopped after the second season because they would've ended with a glory.
  • Oct 25, 2020
    Excellent all around
  • Oct 19, 2020
    I like detective stories. Unlike some others, say Criminal United Kingdom, this detective TV series did a good job to bring audience to the scene rather than just talking scenes in the interviews between detectives and suspects. Moreover, the psychology of various characters are subtly presented. The leading actor and actress are performing well. Bottom line: I'll recommend this to all folks who like to watch detective stories with sophisticated description of human weaknesses and psychology. I had a chance to watch season 1 many years ago on a plane. Then today just finished this season 3 in Netflix.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    Blase. It's kind of depressing, everything going wrong. I guess has an intriguing mystery, but I could've lived without this season.
  • 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 03, 2020
    Every episode of each of the three seasons was outstanding. The characters, mostly gorgeous David Tennant, were remarkable, every one of them. The plot was fantastic. The acting was the best. David Tennant is so real, his beautiful accent, you would think that this was a true happening. Bravo!
  • Jul 13, 2020
    David Tennant and Olivia Colman complement each other wonderfully. The Brits know how to put together a great cop drama, it's in their DNA.
  • May 05, 2020
    Unfortunately an attempt to stump the audience with another twist similar to the first season falls short, the "aberration" of evil is not something the show used before and the villain comes across as simplistically horrendous. Previous seasons showed how extreme situations can turn anyone into criminal, but now season 3 tells us some people are evil, black and white. The underlying theme that porn corrupts and the only path it can lead to is one of a dangerous deviant seems archaic and out of touch, the lack of discussion between characters especially Ellie regarding this material is worrisome, the show appears to have only a juvenile understanding of how to deal with these themes and would have done better to stick to criminal elements and less social critique.

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