Broadchurch (2013–2017)
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Episode #2.7 

The final arguments are made in Joe Miller's trial. Hardy and Ellie follow-up on new evidence. Another one of Claire's secrets comes to light.


Mike Barker


Chris Chibnall

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eve Myles ... Claire Ripley
David Tennant ... Alec Hardy
Olivia Colman ... Ellie Miller
Lucy Cohu ... Tess Henchard
Hollie Burgess ... Pippa Gillespie
James D'Arcy ... Lee Ashworth
Andrew Buchan ... Mark Latimer
Jodie Whittaker ... Beth Latimer
Phoebe Waller-Bridge ... Abby Thompson
Meera Syal ... Judge Sonia Sharma
Charlotte Rampling ... Jocelyn Knight
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Sharon Bishop
William Andrews William Andrews ... Ben Haywood
Lucas Hare ... Clerk of the Court
Joe Sims ... Nige Carter


Hardy is jubilant when the Sandbrook case is officially reopened and, although Claire is evasive when Ellie puts her findings to her, he elicits a confession from her which derails her relationship with Lee Ashworth. Hardy and Ellie also track down Gary Thorp, obsessive boyfriend of one of the victims who now comes into the frame along with the Gillespies. Sharon recalls Ellie to the stand and again tries desperately to discredit her but Jocelyn counters by questioning why Joe was not chosen to give evidence. The jury retires to reach a verdict but just as they return Claire arrives at the court with something for Hardy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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15 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Charlotte Rampling (Jocelyn Knight) & Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Sharon Bishop) also worked together on Spy Game (2001) as Anne Cathcart & Gladys Jennip respectively. See more »


During a recess in court proceedings, while the jury is deliberating its verdict, journalist Olly Stevens is seen to be "mocking-up" two different versions of his newspaper's front page. This is the job of a sub-editor, and even a tiny local newspaper like the one in Broadchurch would have a sub-editor. Also, to sub a front page like that would require hardware and software much more powerful than a laptop computer. See more »


Jocelyn Knight: And yet, the one person we haven't heard from is the defendant himself. It's a short walk from the dock to the witness box. I've counted it to be thirteen steps. You may think that if you are falsely accused of a child's murder, you'd make that short walk. You may even think you'd run there to reassure the jury of your innocence. But when given the opportunity to give his own account and explanation of evidence against him, when given the opportunity to protest his innocence, to shout it from ...
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Written by Ólafur Arnalds
Vocal by Arnór Dan
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Where Is the Judge
24 August 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode leads us up to the verdict. Closing arguments are presented. The prosecution provides facts; the defense simply repeats its ludicrous theory. Are British judges all like this one? The motions presented by the defense are nothing but stories. The judge (whom I found quite tiresome and short-sighted) seems to allow so much to go on. Are lawyers unable to object to a contrived case. In American courts the judge would have meat out of all this. She would also have had some serious directions for the jury. She has no trouble putting a stop to things like the use of sarcasm or smugness. What about the evidence itself? The final scene is the usual cliffhanger ending.

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