The Complete First Season

DVD - 2014
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Two strong yet compassionate detectives are brought together to solve the murder of an eleven year-old boy in a small coastal town. Under the glare of the media spotlight, the two race to find the killer.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Distributed by Shine International ;, Port Washington, New York :, Manufactured and Distributed by Entertainment One Film USA LLC,, 2014
Edition: Widescreen (1.78:1) version.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781417241132
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (DVD) (390 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
1.78:1 widescreen, rda
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video file, DVD, region 1, rda


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Mar 16, 2019

I hated this series. The fact that it centers on the senseless murder of an 11 year old boy. There are few sympathetic characters in the entire town. There is an undercurrent of child rape and murder in the back stories of some of the most unlikeable characters ever assembled. Many characters are just stupid. David Tennant seems vicious and inept. As does most of the police force. They are given the assignment to follow two suspects and they lose both of them. Hypocrisy seems to be the hallmark of the town. One plot line has the town bullies forming a lynch mob and then a couple of scenes latter they all turn out for their intended victim's funeral. But the most offensive aspect is the murderer who is written as the most unlikely suspect which means he shares the town's rampant hypocrisy and is just vile. The town is called Broad "church" should have prepared me for the ending which gets all preachy and pious.

Mar 15, 2019

Absolutely amazing from beginning to end. THIS is story and character!

Mar 11, 2019

Love the actors. Plot lasts whole season.

Dec 06, 2018

An engrossing series, in spite of being flawed. Olivia Colman is excellent in the part. Tennant, however, is beady eyed with hair conveniently groomed over his forehead and an unshaven face which makes him appear seedy, weak, and rather ineffective in his job. Some of the problem is the plot: at critical points in the story, he gets a cardiac attack. His determination to solve the case results in leaving the hospital which demonstrates foolishness rather than his commitment to his job. By the time of the denouement, we are tired of his befuddlement. The twist at the conclusion is a bit too implausible. It literally comes out of the blue.

Hopefully season two is better...?

Jun 01, 2018

Broadchurch is a crime drama that toys with your emotions. While watching this you are not in the drivers seat of your feelings. But that isn't a bad thing! Quite the opposite. The general atmosphere the show presents us with sets the mood. Perhaps best described as foreboding and melancholy. Either keep some chocolate nearby while watching to help bring some light in or just fully immerse yourself into the dread.

Being from a small coastal town myself, Broadchurch gets the small-town feeling just right. People know each other. Or they think they do. As the show goes on the characters, and by extension the viewers, have more and more doubts about each and everyone. Though perhaps a bit generous with the use of red herrings, the show always keeps us guessing, second guessing, and then eventually triple guessing our seventh guess.

Broadchurch is perhaps the best crime drama of the decade. I would recommend it to anyone.

Feb 07, 2018

Fast moving with pace where needed. A good presentation of human nature; how partial information can ruin lives; how fast people judge each other.
Very good acting.

Dec 20, 2017

One of the best shows I have ever seen. Olivia Colman, David Tennant, and Jodie Whittaker, along with the rest of the cast, are impeccable actors. There are three seasons... check them all out!

Jul 30, 2017

An excellent British crime series, Broadchurch Season 1 tells of a young boy's murder in a small coastal town. This series will keep you on your toes all the way through. Very emotional. Also features three Doctor Who Doctors (David Tennant as the main cop, Jodie Whittaker (the new doctor) as the Victim's mom, and David Bradley (the current First Doctor replacement) as the news agent). A must for fans of cop shows, British Drama and David Tennant.

Jul 17, 2017

Just a fantastic 8 hours. Wow, this was really, really good. 'Did not see that coming'. Great actors, great story, and really pulls at your heart strings. Awesome!

May 30, 2017

Great series...lots of intrigue and plot twists and turns. Yet another example of how the British attention to detail and smart television. So pleased that the FVPL supplies these wonderful programs...kudos!

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Jul 30, 2017

Sexual Content: Nothing shown, but there is an affair.

Jul 30, 2017

Violence: Showing the murder in episode 8.

Jul 30, 2017

Coarse Language: Lots of language, but usually justified. A few f-bombs as well and of lot of Bloody's.

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Jul 30, 2017

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Jul 17, 2014

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