Broadchurch: Review

broadchurch-bluray_1We don’t review many TV drama’s but once in a while one comes along that stands head and shoulders above other TV fare and one of those is the recently broadcast ITV drama Broadchurch.

Its midsummer in July and the Dorset town of Broadchurch is at the height of the tourist season when Danny Latimer, an 11 year old schoolboy, goes missing. His mother, Beth, frantically starts to search for him while her best friend, Ellie Miller, a local police officer, arrives at work to discover that the promotion she thought was hers has gone to D.I. Alec Hardy an outsider with a reputation for failure. When Danny’s body is found beneath the picturesque cliffs that dominate the town opposites collide. Both Miller and Hardy are determined to solve the mystery of Danny’s murder. When news of the crime spreads through the town, a chain reaction begins which will put Broadchurch under a national spotlight, pulling the town, its residents and its secrets, apart.

Many people say that the British do the best TV drama in the world and if you wanted an example of that then Broadchurch would be a great place to start. Fine acting from David Tenant and Olivia Colman as well as an exceptional supporting cast give this drama real tension. At times its hard to watch and emotionally draining, not suprising considering the subject matter, but it is done so well you want to know what happens next. Spread over 8 episodes it comes to a satisfying and sad conclusion and showing how something like this can tear a small town apart.

The Blu ray released by Acorn Media is excellent. The 1080/50i  transfer is spotless as to be expected from a recent HD broadcast. Colours really do highlight the jurassic coast where the fictional town is set. Sound is a clear and robust LPCM 2.0 and serves the series perfectly.

This Blu ray release has a lot of extra’s not present when it weas released on DVD. Firstly audio commentaries with David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Chris Chibnall, James Strong and Richard Stokes. Also you have some deeted scenes, a Broadchurch behind the scenes featurette as well as a picture gallery.

Overall a fine drama which comes totally recommended.

FILM: 9  PICTURE: 8  SOUND: 8 EXTRAS: 7