Broadchurch is suffering from a sophomore slump, it seems. After proving that it is one of the more excellent television shows on the planet last year, it seems to have hit a plateau of confusing drama, comedy and mystery. They all mesh into one and there is a sense of urgency to carry on twisting and turning the narrative rather than, with depth, explore the richness of their characters and stories. So with this episode, we certainly feel the weight of both Broadchurch and Sandbrook weigh down on our hearts and there is a dull pain of predictability.
On the plus side of Broadchurch, the television show is being brilliantly British. What we do best is combine the thrills and darkly painful storylines and enthuse them with this humanistic humour. The one-liners coming from Alec and Ellie, played sublimely well by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, speak volumes to the cast and the writing skill. Where the excellence lies is in this determined folk who are struggling the weight of events whilst still trying to allow their voices to be heard. As each of them clash, this enthralling, witty and emotional veins make terrific viewing.
Ultimately Broadchurch is still one of the better dramas out there, but you can understand why people are comparing it to a more developed soap opera. It still smacks you around the face with its undeniably astute character portrayals with Tennant helming a tenderer Hardy that still is determined to pin two killers down. If all else fails to keep us entertained, there’s the ever increasing need to thwack Joe Miller in the face whilst embracing Ellie into our bosom…