Yesterday, we started our countdown of the Top 20 Crime Dramas Of The Year, and there were some high-profile omissions – Witnesses, Peaky Blinders, The Sinner and a few more. Now we continue with the next five on our list, and there’s another surprise in store today…
Before you ask, yes I did watch episode seven of Broadchurch. I had a bit of a busy week and wasn’t able to watch it until Wednesday and couldn’t find any time to write it up. No matter, we headed into this finale – not just the series three finale, but the actual finale of the whole thing – still not knowing who raped Trish Winterman or who had carried out the historical sexual assaults in the town. Jim Atwood was still in custody, but episode seven ended in high jeopardy for Lindsay Lucas (the excellent Becky Brunning, a revelation in this series) when she found a stash of what looked like trophies in a drawer in her husband’s garage. He was just pulling into the driveway as she stood agape at her findings. Pray for Lindsay.
NB: Spoilers all over the shop
It’s that time again: we all go on the Broadchurch bus tonight to find out who raped not only Trish Winterman, but also others before her. It has been a good, intense series with some outstanding performances, so I hope that the ending stacks up and is satisfying. A show like Broadchurch deserves to end well. But we’re faced with the question: whodunit? Chris Chibnall has presented a quintet of main suspects that he has kept in the spotlight throughout. We’ve seen some subterfuge, some red herrings and some genuine reasons for suspicion. But now? Let’s review the suspects and then you can have your say…
One of the most intriguing new characters in the ongoing third series of Broadchurch is Lindsay Lucas; that seemingly timid, downtrodden wife of major-league arsehole Clive, who has been dishing out mental abuse for years. Lindsay’s character just rings true and many women, I suspect, will be able to empathise with her – being in a loveless marriage, a survivor of abuse but still hanging in there because of the love she receives from her son. She’s played superbly by newcomer Becky Brunning, a stand-up comic, no less, who gives Lindsay a sadness, but also real depth and nuance. We last saw Lindsay at the end of episode seven finally standing up to her brutish, horror of a husband, which caused my heart to swell a bit – gwaaan Lindsay! I managed to grab a few words with Becky ahead of Monday’s finale, which you can read after the jump…
So far, so tense in Broadchurch. With three sex assaults – two historical – all pointing to a serial rapist, the pressure is on for Hardy and Miller, whose list of suspects have more or less remained the same since the first episode. Something had to give. Add to that a potential confrontation between Mark Latimer and Joe Miller looming large and this episode threatened to be pivotal – closure in the Joe Miller case? Real progress in the Trish Waterman case? I hoped so.
NB: Spoilers inside
We’re over the half-way stage of this third and final series of Broadchurch, and so far it has been an intense, intriguing (and often heart-breaking) ride. Like so many good whodunits, the series has built up the suspects and our investigators – DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller – have been doing the rounds; getting to know them, getting to dislike them and trying to fit them into the puzzle where applicable. But unlike many whodunits, instead of some suspects falling by the wayside each of the main possibles are, after episode five, even likelier to have been the serial rapist that is now plaguing the coastal town. That means, after episode five and only three instalments left, we’re still none the wiser.
NB: Spoilers and theories inside
The past three episodes of arguably Britain’s premiere whodunit have successfully – and rather rapidly – built up a cadre of suspects, all attendees of Cath Atwood’s 50th birthday party; the fateful night when Trish Winterman was brutally sexually assaulted. The conspiracy theories are already starting to flow thick and fast: was this, in fact, a sex party that got out of hand? Is that what Trish’s ex-husband Ian wanted to desperately erase from his laptop? Is Broadchurch a steaming Gomorrah of swinging and sex parties? Who knows. What we do know is that Hardy and Miller had a huge list of attendees to process, and not a lot of resources to process them with. But in episode four, the half-way stage of the series, things began move.
NB: There be spoilers (and theories)