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Broadchurch immediately racks up a long list of suspects

Olivia Colman, David Tennant (Photo: ITV)
Olivia Colman, David Tennant (Photo: ITV)
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  • That opening shot with Trish and her head lying down: This remains one of the most thoughtful, picturesque shows on TV.
  • This week in “Shut up, Katie!”: “It’s a hamlet, not a village,” and pondering whether the “victim” was “drunk.”
  • Miller’s half-smile when Hardy threatens to phone the smug twine kid’s dad. Their back-and-forth remains an absolute delight: constantly checking in with each other, Hardy chiding Miller about losing her “optimistic disposition,” the fight over how much to push to the interrogation.
  • “We’re redefining what we mean by local.”
  • The granular detail of what a rape survivor has to go through continues with the inspired insertion of Beth as a counselor. Jodie Whittaker’s empathetic performance convincingly shows how Beth is channeling her grief into something positive to help other people, unlike Mark, who seems stuck.
  • How annoying is Ian, the ex-husband, complaining that his wife was drunk (he was also) and that she’s been cavorting around when he has a girlfriend? Miller’s glare was spot-on. And what was he washing at the end?
  • I always love how that Broadchurch score heightens the tension at specific plot points.
  • So, Maggie and Jocelyn are still together, that’s nice. Even nicer that Jocelyn’s away on a big case.
  • Trish’s reveal to her daughter: heartbreaking. Julie Hesmondhalgh is doing an amazing job as our focal point of the case.
  • “Katie really sets my teeth on edge.” “Really? You hide it so well.”

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