Back To The Beach
Crime Scene UK|Issue 07

As it returns for a third and final series, broadchurch introduces a brand new case for its detective duo. Crime scene goes behind the scenes with the cast at the seaside shoot for the shocking conclusion to a landmark tv drama.

Vicki Power

The sun is beating down during a summer heat wave, driving tourists to the artisan ice cream van on West Bay’s seafront. Families stroll along the promenade, turning their faces towards the sunshine and admiring the towering sandstone cliffs that form the backdrop to this stunning stretch of Dorset coast. Close to this tableau of Britons at leisure, however, is a hive of bustling activity. A stone’s throw from the centre of the pretty fishing village is Broadchurch HQ, a collection of trailers in a car park where the makers and stars of the ITV hit drama are busying themselves with filming the third and final series of the twisty crime thriller.

Crime Scene has been invited on set to interview Broadchurch’s actors and to drink in a stretch of World Heritage coastline that illustrates the show’s central paradox of terrible things happening in an idyllic setting. When Broadchurch debuted in 2013, investigating the effect on a rural community of the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Danny Latimer, it was a sensation. Creator Chris Chibnall had woven a dark and complex tale heavily influenced by Scandi Noir dramas like The Killing, featuring compelling cops, characters whose lives overlap in surprising ways, an evocative landscape and haunting music – in this case by an actual Scandinavian, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds.

Today, we spot Broadchurch locations all around us, bathed in summer sun. DI Alec Hardy’s waterside cottage can be glimpsed in the distance; the stretch of shingle beach where Danny Latimer’s body lay in Series 1; the East Pier, where characters meet betwixt sea and cliffs; the modern seafront apartment block called The Folly, which does duty as the police precinct exterior.

As the third series progresses on air during March, it’s clear that Chibnall has left behind Series 2’s Sandbrook subplot and developments in the Latimer case – criticised by some viewers – and refreshed the series. Three years have passed since the events of the last season, and Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) have been reunited on the Wessex Police Force to investigate the rape of shop worker Trish Winterman (Julie Hesmondhalgh). At the same time we’re reminded of past horrors by the presence of familiar Broadchurch characters: bereaved parents Beth and Mark Latimer (Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan), vicar Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill) and local newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe (Carolyn Pickles). Fresh blood has arrived in the form of new locals played by Lenny Henry, Sarah Parish, Mark Bazeley and Charlie Higson.

Working together

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM CRIME SCENE UKView All

Fortitude

An international cast, including Dennis Quaid and The Killing’s Sofie Grabol, face a chilling Arctic threat in the second series of this ambitious, big-budget thriller…

3 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

Famie Dornan

He’s the Northern Irish actor who started out as a musician and model before breaking into TV and film. In addition to the Fifty Shades trilogy, he recently starred with Cillian Murphy in the World War 2 thriller Anthropoid, but his defining role is as serial killer Paul Spector in the acclaimed BBC series, The Fall.

4 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

Strange Days

After their mind-twisting Victorian Adventure, sherlock holmes And John watson finally return for A full series that promises pure evil, parenthood And a canine companion. But is moriarty really Alive?Crime Scene Joins the stars on-set, in search of clues to this much-Anticipated fourth season…

10+ mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

The First Detective

Sherlock holmes may be the world’s most famous detective, but an equally impressive fictional Sleuth beat him into print by almost two decades. Jake kerridge makes the case for Sergeant cuff, hero of the british detective novel’s debut, wilkie collins’ The MoonsTone.

3 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

Sofie Grabol

She’s the Danish actor who made her breakthrough as detective Sarah Lund in The Killing, which ran for three seasons. It also inspired a TV comedy cameo in Absolutely Fabulous and a role in the US version of the Scandi crime smash. Ten years on from The Killing, she’s starring in Sky’s Arctic-set thriller Fortitude.

4 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 07

Back To The Beach

As it returns for a third and final series, broadchurch introduces a brand new case for its detective duo. Crime scene goes behind the scenes with the cast at the seaside shoot for the shocking conclusion to a landmark tv drama.

7 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 07

Fair Cop

She’s one of the most iconic characters in TV drama – mould-breaking female detective Jane Tennison. Crime Scene meets Stefanie Martini as she takes on the role for gritty ITV prequel Prime Suspect 1973.

5 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 07
RELATED STORIES

Tales from the Deep

LOUIS HARDY AND MAX HARPER TALK 27 MILES UNDERWATER, THE SECOND OUTING BY U.K. HARDCORE SQUAD HIGHER POWER. BUT WAIT — ARE THEY REALLY HARDCORE?

8 mins read
Guitar World
July 2020

“You Can Tell Me Anything”

Are robots the key to getting kids to open up?

4 mins read
Mother Jones
May/June 2020

Rape Fiend Harvey To Die In Jail Hell!

Ex-H’wood honcho is doomed man in notorious NYC lockup

2 mins read
Globe
March 16, 2020

EDUCATION SYSTEM IN GHANA

High School teachers in Ghana have been on strike for the past week for non-payment of some teachers’ salaries. It also happens to be the examination week before the Christmas break. A High School teacher I spoke with confirmed he had not been paid for three months. Other teachers mentioned higher figures.As at Friday the 13th of December 2019, serious negotiations behind closed doors had been ongoing between the Teachers’ Union and the Ghana Education to resolve the impasse.That, in a nutshell, sums the state of education in Ghana.

4 mins read
Daisy magazine
January/February 2020

100 Women. One Trial.

After a flood of allegations that launched a movement, Harvey Weinstein will finally face rape and sexual-assault charges. But nothing in the case has been simple.

10 mins read
New York magazine
January 6–19, 2020

Feeling Optimistic About The Pessimist

Atelier Lusso and Hardy Penwrights partner in a two-pen series.

1 min read
PEN WORLD
October 2019

When Your Rapist Demands Custody

More states are banning abortion without exceptions for rape. But what happens to women who must carry their pregnancies to term?

10 mins read
Mother Jones
September/October 2019

Andrew's Twisted French Connection!

Model agency icon disappears as Paris cops open probe into prince’s pedophile pal

3 mins read
Globe
September 30, 2019

Juanita Broaddrick, Found New Life As A Trump Defender

Juanita Broaddrick, who alleges that Bill Clinton raped her in 1978, has found new life as a Trump defender.

10+ mins read
The Atlantic
October 2019

Another Scientology Lawsuit- Does The Church Harass Women?

Since accusing actor Danny Masterson of rape, four women say the controversial church has been stalking them

5 mins read
Us Weekly
September 2, 2019