Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie
Who: “Broadchurch” is a British television crime drama, which aired for three seasons from 2013 to 2017 on iTV in the United Kingdom and on BBC America in the United States.
What: “Broadchurch” was created and written by Chris Chibnall and focuses, at least initially, on the death of an 11-year-old boy and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion, and media attention on the surrounding town.
Series One focuses on the search for the boy, Danny Latimer’s, murderer by detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). The second series primarily focuses on two plot strands: the trial of Joe Miller and the reopening of the Sandbrook case, a case Hardy failed to properly solve, which brings him unwanted notoriety throughout the investigation of the Broadchurch murder. Series Three is set three years after the events of Series Two and follows the rape of a local woman.
When: Series Three originally aired on iTV in Great Britain from February 27 to April 17, 2017, and on BBC America in the United States from June 28 to August 16, 2017.
Where: In Broadchurch, the action takes place primarily in the fictional town of Broadchurch, in the county of Dorset, in the South of England, on the scenic Jurassic Coast and in surrounding areas, such as the county courthouse. Series Two does travel to the fictional town of Sandbrook, as David Tennant’s character, Alec Hardy, investigates a case from his past.
Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below! Of course, for the female members of the panel (Chief Couch Potato and moderator Kylie included), the primary reason was: David Tennant, David Tennant, David Tennant. The male members of the panel sighed with moderate contempt and resignation at this revelation. To them, we said, “Oh well!” Just look at the man, for heaven’s sake:
David Tennant: Perhaps the primary reason why the female panelists started watching Broadchurch
How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS
CPU! previously covered Series 1 and 2 of Broadchurch on the podcast as well as compared and contrasted the relative (de)merits of American remake Gracepoint. To listen to that worthy analysis, from early in the CPU! annals (and out of the vault), click the embedded link below:
Broadchurch, Series 1 and 2, and Gracepoint, Season 1
Our now undoubtedly famous Broadchurch panel, with some of our most frequent panelists – namely Kristen, Nick, Krista, Hilary, and Kyle – have returned to the Water Cooler to engage in a heady, topical discussion about the mystery of Broadchurch Series 3, which could not be timelier or more relevant to current events. We also, of course, spend ample time admiring David Tennant. At least, the female members of the panel do. As we did in our last episode, all of the panelists have quite a bit to say about this stirring and intense mystery, which they see as largely successful, despite the fact that the show (still) did not find American audiences quite as readily. We also spend some time briefly looking back at the show as a whole and comparing all of the series, including how they made us feel and think as ready and willing viewers. As always, it’s a deeply analytical discussion about the success of the show and the story, as well as the effects each had on each of the panelists.
This particular episode was recorded in April 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of all seasons of the British drama. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!
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1) Will Joe Miller somehow return to Broadchurch, despite his banishment by the other residents of the town? Kylie predicts that he will try to come back and to acquit himself in the town’s eyes because he has convinced himself, on the strength of his legal defense, that he is truly innocent.
ANSWER: Joe does not return to the town itself but returns to the series, when Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan) seeks him out in his new home in a nearby coastal town. Mark continues to struggle with his grief over Danny’s murder and to nurse a vendetta, wanting “justice” for Danny by ensuring punishment of Joe. Though he tries to convince Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and the rest of the family to consider initiating a civil trial, given the failure of the criminal trial to convict Joe, they prove reluctant. So, he takes matters into his own hands and finds Joe himself, with the very real intent to kill him, if he will not turn himself in properly. Listen to the episode for details.
2) Series/season three is said to be focused around a sexual assault in the town. Will the perpetrator be one of the characters we already know? Or, will it be someone totally different?
ANSWER: The victim and perpetrators are new characters to the show and to the viewer. Since we spend considerable time discussing both in the episode, you should just listen to it.
RECOMMENDATION & PARTING SHOTS
Our panel continues to recommend Broadchurch to fans of British television generally, fans of mystery and crime procedural shows, and fans of David Tennant. Though Broadchurch remains moody, tonally dark, and extremely intense, and emotionally preparing oneself to watch this show may be necessary, the panel also universally agreed that Broadchurch Series Three is one of the better seasons (better than the second, not as good as the first). In any event, the panel continues to praise the entire show highly, noting it to be well-written, well-performed, well-shot, and well-directed and encourages anyone interested in high quality television to give it a look-see.
THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW
Broadchurch has officially ended. The entire series is currently available to stream on Netflix. Did you watch Broadchurch? Let us know in the comments, and tell us what you thought of any or all of its three seasons – or series if you’re British! And stay tuned! Though our Broadchurch coverage is primarily done, don’t be surprised if the show makes an appearance or two in coming discussions, from time to time, as, after all, CPU! continues to expand our panel formats in new and exciting ways.
In the meantime, from our Broadchurch panel and David Tennant sister-wife commune (and the men who scorn it) to you, thank you for listening to our ongoing Broadchurch series, which now officially comes to a close. To discover other shows discussed by CPU!, check here. For now, we bid you adieu!
Production still for Broadchurch, Series 3
The Broadchurch Panel! (top, left to right, Nick, Kyle, Hilary; bottom, left to right, Krista, Kristen)