Broadchurch

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Broadchurch
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Two strong yet compassionate detectives are brought together to solve the murder of an eleven year-old boy in a small coastal town. Under the glare of the media spotlight, the two race to find the killer.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
ISBN: 1417241136
9781417241132
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama BROADCHUR
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (370 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in

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Two strong yet compassionate detectives are brought together to solve the murder of an eleven year-old boy in a small coastal town. Under the glare of the media spotlight, the two race to find the killer. Great acting ensemble, including David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Arthur Darvi... Read More »

A new crime series centering around the death of an 11 year old boy and the investigation by two detectives in a small town on the Dorset coast of England. David Tennant plays Alex Hardy, a tormented and mentally unbalanced detective brought in because of his experience with crimes against childr... Read More »


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Apr 01, 2015
  • franque rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The whole 8 episode series, complete with a moody soundtrack, vast background scenery, and emotive performances, leads to an ending that had me in tears. I was on the edge of my seat for the last 2 episodes & throughout the series kept guessing at who knew what & trying to interpret characters moves & motives. Personally I loved the music & lingering camera shots. Highly recommended & a great reminder that we can never truly KNOW anyone.

Mar 20, 2015

Really good show. But if you watched the American mini-series a few months ago "Grace Point", same exact show. Starred David Tennant also who is very good. Per someone elses comment, it does compare to the American version - just as good. Same exact storyline.

Mar 17, 2015
  • InvernessS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

David Tenmant can be hard to understand at times & the great mystery as to what happened to him before his move North is poorly written. Can't imagine the US take on this series could compare...It was on PBS 2013-14 season. What an error that David Tennant is not listed first when he's the major actor of great skill - Spies of Warsaw, The Politicians Husband - huge fan of DT.

Mar 12, 2015
  • calvoer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lot of good comments about this already. I'd add that it was nice to watch a well done murder mystery that did not, for a change, feature grotesque mutilated bodies, which is currently being way overdone.

Mar 09, 2015
  • shuggles56 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For once, a program that lived up to itshype. I knew nothing about it but had heard it was fabulous. Excellent on all fronts; highly recommended.

Mar 08, 2015
  • msinhara1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best TV shows. 4.5/5

Mar 05, 2015
  • lmm789 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Legendary cliffs and beaches of the same charming Doc Martin town and a cast of some of the UK's finest actors successfully, mercifully redirect attention from the usual bogus TV laws and law enforcement in this thriller. Why are fiction writers so convinced that real law makes bad TV? In addition to such obvious incongruities, there are annoying film school flourishes of beach scenes with hyperbolic color filters and characters every five minutes or so in slo-mo primal screams, hands spread in futility, fists clenched in righteous anger or, in one case, gripping the walls in the throes of an actual heart attack. Even worse, such moments, which account for more than a third of each episode, are invariably accompanied by a wearing Jaws-like cacophony even worse than the terrible theme music. Free beer for the creators of fast-forward!

Most troubling, the series seems to infer that it should somehow - how?! - be possible for a normal adult male to enjoy a friendly non-sexual embrace by an 11-year-old boy without disturbing his otherwise happy home life with wife and two young kids. Only the English with their infamous boarding schools would try this on.

Mar 04, 2015
  • 1inthemix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOL at KateHillier; we also binge watched the 8 episodes of Series One.....Just in time for Series Two which begins tonight on BBC America.

I've read this is a series triology so looking forward to the continuation of the happenings at Broadchurch for at least another year.

Jan 18, 2015
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I tried my very best to savour this one but I ended up marathoning the vast majority of it in one day. If there's one thing that the Brits are famous for it's their mysteries and this one does not disappoint.

Broadchurch is a quiet seaside town where everyone knows everyone else and things are quite predictable. Things fall apart one morning when a child's body is found on the beach - eleven year old Danny Latimer to be precise and he has been strangled. It's also DS Ellie Miller's first day back from leave and she's been expecting to be promoted to DI - except while she was on leave they have hired Alec Hardy for this job, a man who is infamous for the mishandling of another child murder case.

Everyone's got their secrets but Danny's death is the catalyst that brings a lot of them out as outside DI Hardy is relentless in not having old mistakes repeat themselves while Ellie is a little more shocked and troubled about how the murderer could be anyone in town.

This is a gripping, well thought out, character driven mystery and the ending will leave you reeling. I happened to guess the murderer early on but the ending still killed me. If you love your British mysteries, this is required viewing.

Jan 08, 2015
  • bibliovore rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

British mystery at its best! If you love slow-building, character-driven mysteries, you'll love Broadchurch. Can't imagine how they'll continue the series, but I can't wait!

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