Broadchurch: Did it live up to the hype? (Spoiler warning)
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Tuesday 23 April 2013
After being steered from one suspect to the next with breakneck speed during the course of eight spell-binding episodes, any sensible Broadchurch fanatic knew it had to be Joe Miller, the suspiciously perfect home-husband of Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller, who killed the boy.
If for no other reason that once the finger had been pointed at Mark Latimer, the dead boy’s father; his colleague, Nige Carter; Susan Wright, the woman with the dog who whispered the supremely grim line “I know men who would rape you” to the local paper’s editor Maggie Radcliffe; the priest; Jack Marshall; the psychic – aka Jambo from Hollyoaks; there was no one else left.
For some the relative simplicity of the final scenes as the impact of the tragedy quietly enveloped this small coastal community, proved that this brilliantly compelling British drama was more than a straightforward whodunnit all along. For others, the lack of an elaborate final twist just... deflating.
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