This 8 part series has been well-received by critics and been renewed for a second season.
Colman also recently won two BAFTA Awards for Accused and Twenty Twelve.
It is an early morning in July, and the Dorset town of Broadchurch is bracing itself for the annual influx of holidaymakers. But Danny Latimer – an 11-year-old local boy – is missing.
As his mother Beth starts to search frantically for him, local CID officer, Ellie Miller returns to work after a family holiday. But she has a shock in store – the promotion she thought was hers has gone to D.I. Alec Hardy – a man she has never met before, an outsider to the town, with a reputation for failure.
Then the call comes through – Danny’s body has been found on the beach.
Preliminary findings suggest that Danny’s death is suspicious, so Ellie and Hardy must break the terrible news to Beth, her husband Mark, and Danny’s sister, Chloe. Hardy believes that Danny must have been abducted, and swears to the family he will find whoever is responsible for Danny’s death.
The investigation gets underway, as does the terrible working relationship between Ellie and Hardy – they can’t bear each other. She is warm, friendly and engaging, whereas Hardy is without social skills at all. Rude, abrupt, provocative – he seems determined to make enemies.
Olly Stevens – a reporter for the Broadchurch Echo, and Ellie’s nephew – has heard there is a story. Although Ellie stonewalls him when he asks for information, he later sees Chloe at the beach with her boyfriend Dean, looking very upset. She places a toy monkey by the police barrier, and Dean leads her away.
8:30pm Friday 12 July ABC1