SEASON ONE SPOILERS AHEAD!
The process of watching Broadchurch Season 1 was gut wrenching. GUT. WRENCHING. Watching a small town deal with a child’s murder and then to find out it was one of their own was horrifying. Broadchurch Season 1 was a modern, self-loathing whodunit where every one in the town was a suspect. It was so shocking and well done that I though this would be a one season show. A mini-series, if you will.
I was wrong, Broadchurch and their amazing cast are back for season 2. This time around, the seaside village is still in shock and coping with what happened to young Danny Latimer (the murdered boy) and Detective Inspector Alec Hardy’s (David Tennant) previous failed investigation (the one that got him sent to Broadchurch) starts haunting him all over again.
The cast will be, once again, amazing: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) will reprise their roles. Legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, Academy Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy (Agent Carter) , Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the cast for the second season.
Season two begins on the day of Joe Miller’s hearing. All of Broadchurch awaits his sentencing— eager to gain some sense of closure from the nightmare of Danny’s murder. But to everyone’s disbelief (including his barrister’s) Joe enters an astonishing plea – ‘not guilty.’ Joe fixedly avers that nobody is innocent and promises to expose more secrets of the town’s residents. He goes on to enlist a fearsome defense team led by Queen’s Counsel (QC) Sharon Bishop (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and junior barrister Abby Thompson (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
Now bracing themselves for a full trial, Danny’s parents, Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and Mark desperately seek legal representation from esteemed local QC barrister Jocelyn Knight (Charlotte Rampling). At first she refuses to take on their case, but will she have a change of heart when she learns that former pupil Sharon Bishop is representing the defense?
Hardy, no longer on active duty as detective, remains in Broadchurch – but why? With his health condition worsening, he desperately needs Ellie’s help to make things right with a previously failed investigation. As Hardy’s past comes back to haunt him, the two detectives (Hardy and Ellie) are forced back together.
Following Joe’s arrest, Ellie is left broken and alone. She’s left Broadchurch to serve as a traffic officer in Devon and her son (Tom) refuses to live with her. There won’t be a light at the end of the tunnel for Ellie until Joe is brought to justice – only then can she even begin to find a sense of normalcy again. For now, she finds solace and some fleeting sense of purpose in helping Hardy. One thing is for certain, as the hearing of Joe Miller unfolds and Hardy’s past bubbles to the surface – nothing will stay hidden in Broadchurch.
Broadchurch is executive produced by Chris Chibnall (Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone (The Hour, Spooks) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company. The Producer is Richard Stokes (Silk, Law & Order: UK) who also produced the first season. James Strong (Downton Abbey, Doctor Who) who directed five episodes of the first season, directed episodes one and two of the new season.
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