Broadchurch (2013–2017)
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Episode #1.4 

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


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Chris Chibnall (creator), Chris Chibnall

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Tennant ... Alec Hardy
Steve Bennett Steve Bennett ... PC Bob Daniels
Arthur Darvill ... Rev. Paul Coates
Olivia Colman ... Ellie Miller
Jodie Whittaker ... Beth Latimer
Jonathan Bailey ... Olly Stevens
Carolyn Pickles ... Maggie Radcliffe
Peter De Jersey ... SOCO Brian Young
Vicky McClure ... Karen White
Simon Rouse ... Len Danvers
Andrew Buchan ... Mark Latimer
Charlotte Beaumont ... Chloe Latimer
Susan Brown ... Liz Roper
Simon Ludders ... Trevor Smith
Sanchia McCormack Sanchia McCormack ... Nicky Smith


The charred remains of a boat washing up on shore persuades Steve to ask Hardy to take him seriously, but since Steve has a previous record for fraud, he is ignored though Hardy believes DNA on the boat will lead to Danny's killer. Olly finds evidence that newsagent Jack was tried for sex with a minor and Maggie finds a photo of Jack with his scout troop, assisted by one Elaine Jones, now calling herself Susan Wright, but Susan threatens Maggie to back off and seems to have a hold on Nige. Hardy goes for dinner with the Millers and the atmosphere softens but on returning to his hotel he collapses and Becca takes him to hospital though he is anxious nobody knows he is ill. Both he and Ellie are shocked to find that Karen has persuaded Beth to give an emotive story to her paper, as a result of which the national press flocks to Paul's memorial service for Danny. Ellie tells Hardy that evidence on the boat links to a child killing in the area where Jack once lived - as Jack burns all his... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eype, Mount Lane, Dorset, UK

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Did You Know?


Vicky McClure (Karen White) & Will Mellor (Steve Connelly) also worked together on two episodes of Line of Duty (2012) as Kate Fleming & Rod respectively. See more »


During the briefing at the school, the clock shows 11:15; when the reporter talks to the gran afterward, it is 10:55. See more »


[Hardy arrives for dinner]
Ellie Miller: Oh, you're in a suit.
Alec Hardy: Is that bad?
Ellie Miller: No, I just didn't expect it. We didn't get poshed up.
Alec Hardy: Neither did I.
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References Doctor Who (2005) See more »


So Close
Written by Olafur Arnalds
Performed by Arnor Dan
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Jack's History and a Careless Mistke
22 August 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

More people become suspects or, at least, persons of interest. How many of us could provide alibis for our whereabouts in many quiet circumstances. We find out that Jack, the news guy, who works a lot with kids, may be a sex offender. At the end of the last episode Beth spotted Mark with Becca, so she knows he can't be trusted. Karen, her nose perpetually in the soup, talks Beth into an interview and a huge story. She convinces Beth by telling her that people are losing interest because Danny was a little boy. This brings in the worst of the worst, just as Alec had feared. What bit of quiet there was, is now thrown away. Ellie has Alec over for dinner with the family and he is able to lighten it up for the first time since the series began. When he arrives home, he passes out, hits his head, and ends up in the hospital. He is sick but we don't know with what. The episode ends with a couple things that are going to be critical as the family attends a press conference.

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