DVD Review: Broadchurch S3
Broadchurch was a fine example of British police drama at its best when it first hit our screens back in 2013. A shocking crime in a tight knit coastal community was a perfectly orchestrated mini series. As a stand alone TV show it pretty much was the best of British TV. However as we all know, if something is popular, they will find a way to do it again. And so series two came along, and whist it was riveting viewing, it didn’t have the same resonance as series one. It was till damn good TV.
And so we come to the third and last (c’mon, how much bad shit can happen in one small community?) series. And whilst I was looking forward to seeing it and catching up with the locals, I was glad that this would be the last outing for DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy and hoping they would go out on a high note.
This final chapter revolves around a serial rapist, bought to light after one of the residents is raped during a party that most of the local town’s population attended. This 8 part who-did-it keeps things on a tight leash right up to the last episode. Mix in with the plot is plenty of personal drama and plenty of red herrings.
One factor of the show, that almost became a running joke in my mind was how every male character was presented as being guilty. But I guess that’s how they keep the final reveal under wraps.
If you’ve not seen Broadchurch, be sure to start at the beginning as there are of course spoilers from the previous chapters in thus one, and if you’re already a fan, make sure you check out this final episode, because despite being the third act in what should have been a single, Broadchurch goes out with a bang.
Rating: M Violence, sexual violence, sexual references & offensive language.