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Broadchurch Series 2
Broadchurch Series 2Hard on the heels of the highly
  successful first series of British drama
  Broadchurch, Broadchurch Series 2
  continued to captivate television
  audiences with its intriguing storylines
  and now makes its
home entertainment

WELL PACED AND EXCITING and set against the spectacular Dorset coastline, Broadchurch follows two detectives hunting down the killer of eleven-year-old Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara), whose body was found at the foot of the cliffs in the fictional West Country seaside town of Broadchurch.

Leading the hunt is DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant: Dr Who), who has been diagnosed with heart arrhythmia but is determined his illness will not stop him solving the case. His partner, DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), is resentful of him as she had expected to be promoted and Alec has been brought in from outside.

Broadchurch Series 2
is as engrossing,
intriguing and irresistible
as the first series with
first class character
Bring on the third!”
Danny's parents Mark (Andrew Buchan) and Beth (Jodie Whittaker) were Ellie's close friends and Ellie faced a tricky situation when her husband Joe (Matthew Gravelle) confessed to the murder of the youngster, a friend of their son Tom (Adam Wilson).

A former Paramedic, Ellie's husband stayed at home looking after their sons, 13-year-old Tom and 2-year-old Fred and had befriended Danny, to whom he became close. Ellie's sister Lucy Stevens (Tanya Franks) has a gambling habit and in her desperation she blackmails Ellie as she has some information that could be vital to Danny's murder case.

Broadchurch Series 2 begins where the first series ends; with Joe sensationally retracting his statement and pleading not guilty at his trial, presided over by judge Sonia Sharma (Meera Syal). The Latimers have persuaded well-respected barrister Jocelyn Knight (the wonderful Charlotte Rampling: Dexter) to come out of retirement to prosecute Joe, while her former protégé, Sharon Bishop QC (Marianne Jean-Baptiste: Without A Trace), is defence counsel.

Alec has already been traumatised by the unsolved killing of 12-year-old Pippa Gillespie (Hollie Burgess) in the town of Sandbrook. He took the blame for the disappearance of vital evidence his now ex-wife DS Tess Henchard (Lucy Cohu) had lost, as he wanted to protect their 15-year-old daughter Daisy (Hannah Rae). The detective had discovered Pippa's body in the river but her cousin Lisa Newberry (Eliza Bennett), who was looking after her, has never been found.

Chief suspect in the Sandbrook murder case was Lee Ashworth (James D'Arcy: Cloud Atlas), whose partner Claire Ripley (Eve Myles: Torchwood) knows more about the case than she will admit. Now being protected by Alec in an isolated house near Broadchurch, she has agreed to testify against Lee.

Close-knit Broadchurch is, unsurprisingly, a town of secrets and suspicious characters. Beth no longer talks to Ellie and the Latimer's 15-year-old daughter Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont) is keeping secrets from her parents while seeing 17-year-old bad boy Dean Thomas (Jacob Anderson). When Ellie discovers drugs and money in her bedroom she lies about where they have come from.

Mark's affair with hotelier Becca Fisher (Simone McAullay) comes out when he is shockingly accused of murdering his own son and she confirms his alibi. His best friend and co-worker Nigel Carter (Joe Sims), also has secrets and is not about to open up to anyone.

The reclusive Susan Wright (a suitably-sinister Pauline Quirke), who lives in a caravan close to where Danny's body was found, believes her own son could be a child killer like his father, who killed their daughter. Even the Reverend Paul Coates (Arthur Darvil), now romantically involved with Becca, has his demons.

If Joe's claims of innocence are true, who is the real killer? Or was his confession merely a ruse to protect someone else? Will the two detectives find out the truth and will Alec finally uncover the mystery of the Sandbrook murders?

Set against stunning Dorset scenery beautifully photographed, Broadchurch is hailed as the game-changing British crime drama television series that had the nation on the edge of their seats. A genuine television phenomenon, the series drew critical acclaim and attracted large numbers of fans.

Mooted to become the thriller of the year, the eight-episode crime series Broadchurch Series 2 looks at the aftermath of the murder of a young boy from a close-knit community, the bereaved parents' attempts to get back to some sort of normality and the effects of the tragedy on the townspeople.

With its clever twists and turns, guilty secrets and red herrings, the story progresses well in the capable hands of writer Chris Chibnall. Broadchurch Series 2 is as engrossing, intriguing and irresistible as the first series with first class character development. Bring on the third!

Along with the fine acting talents of Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean Baptiste, Eve Myles, James D'Arcy and Meera Syal, Broadchurch also features a terrific support cast that includes: Carolyn Pickles as Maggie Radcliffe, Editor of The Broadchurch Echo; Jonathan Bailey as Lucy's reporter son Olly; Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Bad Education) as Abby Thompson, Sharon Bishop's junior barrister; William Andrews as Ben Haywood, Jocelyn's junior barrister; Amanda Drew as Cate Gillespie and Shaun Dooley as Ricky Gillespie, Pippa's parents.

Music is by Ólafur Arnalds; Vocals on So Far Arnór Dan; Director of Photography is John Conroy; Created and Written by Chris Chibnall; Produced by Richard Stokes; and Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, James Strong, Mike Barker and Jessica Hobbs.

* The West Country-set drama Broadchurch Series 2 aired on ITV (from 5 January 2015) and is released by RLJ Entertainment's Acorn label on DVD and Blu-ray on 16 March 2015. At the same time, a Box Set with both Series 1 and 2 is released.

DVD Running Time: 480 Minutes Approximately (Plus Extras) | Catalogue No: AV3197 | RRP: £24.99.

Blu-ray Running Time: 480 Minutes Approximately (Plus Extras) | Catalogue No: AB2015 | RRP: £24.99.

Bonus and Features Include Behind The Scenes | Cast Interviews | The Making Of Broadchurch | Deleted Scenes Not Seen On Television.

Broadchurch Series 1 & 2 Catalogue Number: AV3209 | RRP: £34.99.

Broadchurch Series 1 & 2 Blu-ray Catalogue No: AB2017 | RRP: £34.99.

"Broadchurch Series 2 is as engrossing, intriguing and irresistible as the first series with first class character development. Bring on the third!" Maggie Woods
, MotorBar

"An ingeniously seamless reboot" The Guardian

"The plot lines are absorbing, characters well-drawn, the cinematography is even more stunning" The Independent

"For the next two months, the whole country will be agog as one by one the secrets are unravelled" Daily Mail