8.4/10
76,697
170 user 44 critic

Broadchurch 

Trailer
0:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

on Prime Video

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Creator:

Chris Chibnall
Reviews
Popularity
231 ( 12)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2017   2015   2013  
24 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Fall I (2013–2016)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch
Happy Valley (TV Series 2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza
Marcella (TV Series 2016)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Stars: Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki, Jack Doolan
The Killing (2011–2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell
River (2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker, Lesley Manville
Luther (TV Series 2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley
Hinterland (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption.

Stars: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A woman suspects her husband of having an affair. After following several lines of inquiry far more unravels including a streak of violence below the surface.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Bertie Carvel, Tom Taylor
Unforgotten (TV Series 2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

London detectives investigate crimes from the past, unravelling secrets left buried for years.

Stars: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lewis Reeves
Bodyguard (TV Series 2018)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Stars: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin
Line of Duty (TV Series 2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.

Stars: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar
Shetland (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
David Tennant ...  Alec Hardy / ... 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Olivia Colman ...  Ellie Miller / ... 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Jodie Whittaker ...  Beth Latimer 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Andrew Buchan ...  Mark Latimer 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Carolyn Pickles ...  Maggie Radcliffe 23 episodes, 2013-2017
Arthur Darvill ...  Rev. Paul Coates 23 episodes, 2013-2017
Charlotte Beaumont ...  Chloe Latimer 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Adam Wilson ...  Tom Miller 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Matthew Gravelle ...  Joe Miller 18 episodes, 2013-2017
Jonathan Bailey ...  Olly Stevens 16 episodes, 2013-2015
Joe Sims ...  Nige Carter 16 episodes, 2013-2017
Simone McAullay ...  Becca Fisher 13 episodes, 2013-2015
Tanya Franks ...  Lucy Stevens 12 episodes, 2013-2015
Pauline Quirke ...  Susan Wright 10 episodes, 2013-2015
Steve Bennett Steve Bennett ...  PC Bob Daniels / ... 10 episodes, 2013-2017
Benji Yapp Benji Yapp ...  Fred Miller 10 episodes, 2013-2017
Edit

Storyline

A seemingly calm and friendly seaside town becomes a town wrapped in secrets when the death of an eleven year old boy sparks an unwanted media frenzy. As the town's locals start to open up about what they do and don't know, it falls upon the police to catch the supposed killer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Get ready for the stunning final act of this trilogy masterpiece... (season 3) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadchurch See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Tennant (Alec Hardy), Jodie Whittaker (Beth Latimer) and David Bradley (Jack Marshall) have all at one point played The Doctor in Doctor Who (2005). Tennant prior to 'Broadchurch' from June 2005 to January 2010 and Whittaker from 2017 henceforth; meanwhile Bradley appeared as The First Doctor - succeeding 'William Hartnell' - alongside Peter Capaldi, Whittaker's predecessor, also in 2017. See more »

Goofs

Under UK court procedures a witness would not be allowed to view proceedings until they have given evidence. Throughout the trial characters are in the public gallery prior to being called to give evidence. See more »

Quotes

DS Ellie Miller: You don't eat fish and chips? What kind of Scot are you?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Life Is Strange (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the most exceptionally riveting series to grace my television set
23 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It took me a while to review 'Broadchurch', wanting to wait until watching all three seasons before reviewing. From the very start, 'Broadchurch' had me gripped and despite a couple of things that didn't quite work didn't let go.

At its best, 'Broadchurch' was some of the best television to grace my television set, not just in recent years but in general. Simply adore mystery dramas and the positive word of mouth was near-universal, reasons enough to watch it. Was riveted and couldn't look away throughout all three seasons and was thirsty for more, that's the mark of a great or more series. Like 'The Missing' and the Danish version of 'The Killing', as far as series from the past decade go, 'Broadchurch' came incredibly close to perfection. It isn't quite but even the little that didn't quite work weren't enough to stop it from being exceptional.

The ending of Season 1, while very shocking, was a bit of a let-down after the rest of the season being so flawless. It just felt rushed and contrived and the perpetrator and motive did seem on the unlikely side. While Season 2 was still incredibly interesting and enjoyable, with lots of tension, suspense and poignancy to spare with greatly written characters and engaging court room scenes, the old case mystery was atmospheric and tense but felt shoehorned in initially and forced in placement with Hardy out of character, though did get better and more interesting later on.

With all that aside, 'Broadchurch' is fully deserving of the acclaim. It started off absolutely brilliantly with Season 1 let done only by an ending that didn't do it justice, wasn't quite as good but good enough to not lose interest in Season 2 and, contrary to what a few have said, Season 3 does something different with a new case but referring to previous events and still has the ability to shock, absorb and move.

'Broadchurch' is one of the finest visually series seen by me. The locations are gorgeous and so atmospheric, and the series is beautifully photographed, fluid and brooding. The music is both haunting and tragic.

Standing out also is the writing. It's rare to find on television recently to have a series so intelligently written and be so layered and meaty. While the pacing is deliberate in places, a lot happens to keep one gripped and ensure that the tension and mystery never slips. Aside from the multi-layered and utterly absorbing cases, all three series have many characters and subplots and do justice to all of them, rare these days in television and film.

Characters, lead and supporting, are interesting and never black and white, having redeeming qualities as well as flaws. 'Broadchurch' does a particularly good job with Ellie in Season 2. The subplots are a perfect balance of dark, sensitive and emotional, especially in Season 1. The direction is accomplished throughout.

You couldn't have asked for better performances either. Particularly outstanding is Olivia Coleman, now this is an actress who brings many emotions and nuances to a role that few actresses of the television medium do so well, and sometimes in an understated way. David Tennant's acting here is some of his career's best, bringing conflict and likability to a deliberately flawed character.

David Bradley, Pauline Quirke, Jodie Whittaker, Charlotte Rampling, Eva Myles, James D'Arcy, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sarah Parish are standouts in support.

In summation, exceptionally riveting. 9/10 Bethany Cox


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 170 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed