Review: Broadchurch (S3 E3/8), Monday 13th March, ITV

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Last week’s episode of this third series of Broadchurch saw Miller and Hardy really start to do the rounds and gather information on some of the key male attendees of the party where Trish Winterman was sexually assaulted. Suspects were beginning to emerge, and Trish’s own lead-up to her ordeal was called into question – she had (consensually) slept with a man on the morning of the day in question, and declined naming him in her police interview. So many things were bubbling away, and this episode kept the water simmering.

NB: Spoilers inside

Three-quarters of the way through this episode, Miller was chewing on a Scotch egg (much to Hardy’s chagrin) when she said this: “What’s bothering me about this case is that it’s not narrowing down. Normally we would have been able to rule some of these men out. But it feels like the more we talk to the more we rule in. It’s a scarily wide net right now.”

She wasn’t kidding. This episode was almost a carbon copy of the second episode, which saw Hardy and Miller do the rounds and begin to process attendees. Those same attendees were featured again, with or without Miller and Hardy questioning them: Ian Winterman revealed to Jim Atwood that he had actually blacked out at the party because tequila and wanted to wipe his laptop; taxi driver Clive Lucas was revealed to be a serial cheater and generally a not very nice person by his long-suffering, god-fearing wife; and Ed Burnett seemed legit but he did get into a fight at the party.

This episode was almost a carbon copy of the second episode, which saw Hardy and Miller do the rounds and begin to process attendees. Those same attendees were featured again, with or without Miller and Hardy questioning them: Ian Winterman revealed to Jim Atwood that he had actually blacked out at the party because tequila and wanted to wipe his laptop; taxi driver Clive Lucas was revealed to be a serial cheater and generally a not very nice person by his long-suffering, god-fearing wife; and Ed Burnett seemed legit but he did get into a fight at the party.

What was slightly different to their introductions last week was that secrets were beginning to be revealed – at least hinted at – within the group of friends, not in front of Miller and Hardy. This means that they were beginning to become suspicious of each other, and there was a sense that this community was becoming frayed at the edges again.

There was no one new being introduced, so it’s safe to assume that these are the suspects… for now. Who’s to say they won’t be by the end of it all?

Elsewhere, the fall-out of Danny Latimer’s murder in the first series was still being felt by the Latimer family. Mark was still obsessing on getting justice for his son, while Beth and daughter Chloe wanted to move on with their lives. There’s something about men – if crime dramas are to believed – when it comes to justice for loved ones. We’ve seen it in things like The Missing before – they have a hard time moving on because of their own guilt. They desperately want to make things better; to right a wrong because they see their role of protector has been compromised. That way madness lies, and Mark is showing signs of it.

In fact, men and their role in sex and relationships seem to be at the heart of this series – we saw young Tom Miller still dabbling in pornography on his phone (a node perhaps how young teenage men now view sex), and we have, of course, the perpetrator of the rape who was still contacting Trish. Control and ownership.

As Hardy rasped after interviewing Clive Lucas’s wife: “This case is making me ashamed to be a man.”

Paul Hirons
@Son_Of_Ray

For our episode one review go here

For our episode two review go here

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6 thoughts on “Review: Broadchurch (S3 E3/8), Monday 13th March, ITV

  1. I have to say I liked the dogged determination and utter slog of going ’round the suspects – it did seem quite realistic and it’s always annoying in dramas when the police ‘suddenly’ discover that crucial piece of information out of the blue. The relationship between Miller and Hardy is so great – he’s so knackered and p****ed off all the time, she’s upbeat and perky most of the time. I loved the bit where she gave him the scotch egg to look after. And the orange waterproof has come out again!

    I also like the obnoxious DC and Hardy’s put downs – she’s one to watch, isn’t she?

    I think the Beth/Mark thing is unnecessary and detracts from things – I suppose because it’s all about community they needed to be in it, but it’s hard work and a bit grating for me.

    Could Trish have slept with her husband on the morning of the attack? Was he worried she would tell the new girlfriend? And the husband involved in porn with school boys…? Surely he knows that is Miller’s son!

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    • oops just realised the bloke in the car with the husband was not Miller’s son, but the lad from the fishing twine factory….the porn thing is a bit of a coincidence though, presumably there is some connection?

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  2. Hardy is going to die, isn’t he? We know he has a bad heart; I can see it coming with the stress he’s placing himself under.

    If Trisha Googled Beth and knows about Danny, then how come she hasn’t done the same with Miller? We know her husband has changed his name after acquittal, but she hasn’t. If that isn’t a good reason to go back to your maiden name I don’t know what is.

    All these porn-obsessed teenage boys are looking the same to me.

    My initial prejudice is against Jim Atwood because Lucas the Taxi is just too creepy and obvious and they just can’t make the baddie a black guy – especially not Sir Lenworth. Or if they want to be really tricksy it could be an outsider in the betting like Cath Atwood in a Presumed Innocent-type plot – Sarah Parish would be such a great baddie.

    Oh, and Julie Hesmondhalgh deserves every prize going.

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    • Oh yes, it crossed my mind too about Sarah Parish (I once saw her in the ladies at a service station on the M6….) , I’m sure there is more to come from her! Why so many men at her party? I presume she may be having an affair – her husband is that unpleasant.

      Everyone and their dog seems to have been down by the lake at some point…………

      Could the taxi driver be the one texting Trish (but not the rapist) – some form of blackmail? Did the husband have spyware on the laptop to keep an eye on Trish somehow?

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  3. MInd is going into overdrive now…it was a sex party, the attack has been filmed (remember farm shopping bag left near the scene) and the footage will resurface as porn video – but will it identify the rapist – and was there more than one?

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