a blog by Ellen Davies

Friday favorites: Broadchurch

I’m late to this party, but this show is my newest TV obsession. Broadchurch, from BBC. No talking while it’s on! That’s mainly because sometimes we are straining to understand the dialogue, thanks to their accents. This detective show has eight episodes in Season 1, and it centers on a small seaside town where a tragic murder occurred. The show doesn’t rush things, it takes time to get to know the characters and their stories.

We have Detective Ellie Miller, who is upset that her promotion went to an outsider, Alec Hardy. Why did Alec leave London and end up in a small town like Broadchurch? How will Ellie handle the investigation, given that the murdered boy is her own son’s best friend? Who is telling the truth, and who is lying to protect someone? I can’t wait to find out.

And I was tickled to discover that one of the characters is a psychic! I wonder if he will solve the case?!

I found this show because I am also obsessed with another British drama, Grantchester. I like this show because it’s a compelling detective show about a small British town with interesting story lines and depth to the characters and who am I kidding, that’s not why I watch.

Meet Father Sidney “You’re A Good Man” Chambers. He’s in love with Amanda, but he couldn’t commit to her, so now she’s gone and married someone else, only she’s unhappy and still loves Sidney. Honestly, I don’t care about the contrived murders and fake suicides on this show (because really, if there were that many murders in your small town, wouldn’t you want to get the heck out of there?). I’m all in for the love story.


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