Broadchurch is a British crime drama television series broadcast on ITV for three series between 2013 and 2017. It was created by Chris Chibnall, who acted as an executive producer and wrote all 24 episodes and produced by Kudos in association with Imaginary Friends Productions Ltd. The series is set in Broadchurch, a fictional English town on the coast of Dorset and focuses on Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). Other members of the ensemble cast appearing in all three seasons are Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Arthur Darvill, Carolyn Pickles, Jonathan Bailey, Matthew Gravelle, Charlotte Beaumont and Adam Wilson.

Series titles over a coastal scene
GenreCrime drama
Mystery drama
Serial drama
Created byChris Chibnall
Written by
Chris Chibnall
Louise Fox(one episode)
Ending theme"So Close" by Ólafur Arnalds featuring Arnór Dan (series 1)
"So Far" by Ólafur Arnalds featuring Arnór Dan
(series 2)
"Take My Leave of You" by Ólafur Arnalds featuring Arnór Dan (series 3)
ComposerÓlafur Arnalds
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Chris Chibnall
  • Jane Featherstone
  • Punit Kulkarni
Richard Stokes
  • Dan Winch (series 3)[1]
CinematographyMatt Gray
Running time46–51 minutes
Production companies
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 1080i (series 1–2)
2:1 1080i (series 3)
Audio formatStereo
Original release4 March 2013 (2013-03-04) 
17 April 2017 (2017-04-17)
Gracepoint, Malaterra

The first series, which premiered on 4 March 2013, focuses on the death of local 11-year-old Daniel "Danny" Latimer and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion and media attention on the town. Danny's family, his mother, Beth (Jodie Whittaker), father, Mark (Andrew Buchan) and sister, Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont), is a key focus. The second series, which premiered on 5 January 2015, follows the dual story lines of bringing Danny's killer to justice and a case from the past returning to haunt Hardy. The third and final series, which premiered on 27 February 2017, focuses on the rape of a local woman (Julie Hesmondhalgh) at a birthday party, while the Latimer family goes to extreme lengths to move on from Danny's death. Chibnall has stated that the third series was the last and that he had originally envisioned Broadchurch as a trilogy.[2]

All three series received positive reviews and praise for the writing, cinematography, performances (particularly Tennant and Colman) and character development.[3]

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