A fan’s eye view: Broadchurch series 1, episode 8
SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not see series 1, episode 8 of ‘Broadchurch’
Readers, you were right. It was Joe Miller all along.
He was just about enough of a main character to be considered a suspect, appearing in every episode yet without a real scent to throw him into the crime limelight.
ITV has kept the secret of who killed Danny Latimer under strict surveillance. No preview showings to press were allowed after episode six, and even writer Chris Chibnall chose to withhold telling who the suspect was from the actors. Some sites estimated that only 29 people in the UK knew who the murderer was.
But despite keeping the murder plot under lock and key, the majority of viewers (at least going by the Independent poll and trawling through your tweets every week) had already guessed Joe Miller to be the prime suspect for at least the last three episodes.
Is anybody else a little unsatisfied with the outcome? The finale wasn’t exactly mired in twists and turns and neither Miller or Hardy worked out it was Joe, who ended up giving himself in just 15 minutes into the episode (despite speculation surrounding the Broadchurch producer who tweeted to watch to the ‘very, very end’).
But what the finale lacked in tension it made up for in sadness (and too much music). Olivia Colman’s performance of being sick in the interrogation room after hearing her husband had committed the crime was gutting. Ellie has been such a likeable, honest character throughout and her fit of violent rage against Joe was all the more painful to watch as a result. Baftas all round for Colman.
But did anyone else breathe a silent groan when it was revealed that Joe had been involved in some sort of “inappropriate” relationship with Danny? Broadchurch could not get away from the male pedophile storyline, whether it be Jack Marshall, Susan Wright’s ex-husband, Rev Paul Coates or, ultimately, Joe.
There were, however, some beautiful scenes in the final episode- a testament to the series’ stunning cinematography, which is one of the many reasons why it has been such a roaring success for ITV, pulling in an average 7 million viewers each week.
More to the point, the series has proved that the home of Britain’s Got Talent is capable of commissioning and producing a first-class drama. And, apparently, there’s going to be more of Broadchurch. Quite how that will happen when Miller has fled the seaside town and Hardy has gone back to Scotland to see to his health is yet unknown.
The final frame of series one promised “Broadchurch will return” and signposted viewers to an extra scene on Facebook (is this the future for TV?) which showed the wake. It was a nice addition and rounded up the whereabouts of more peripheral characters.
Fledging journalist Olly has been offered and declined a job on The Herald (he wants to stay around in post-traumatic Broadchurch a bit longer) and Karen White was still up to her wicked ways trying to slime-ball her way in to get the exclusive details of the investigation from Hardy.
As the credits rolled on the final episode of Broadchurch, which (eerily) went straight into the main headline from ITV news about charging the Boston bombing suspect, read by the same newsreader featured in the drama, it was hard not to acknowledge how much the series has taken grip of us all.Tagged in: Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall, David Tennant, doctor who, jodie whittaker, Olivia Colman
Recent Posts on Arts
- 2000Trees Festival: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow
- The Xcerts: ‘Shaking in the Water’ video stream
- Friday Book Design Blog: Series special - Amos Tutuola and Jane Austen
- Interview with Jamie Lenman: “This time, I was 5 years heavier and 5 years more banjo!”
- Children’s Book Blog – books for July: Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity, The Moomins and Tape
Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter