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Broadchurch Series 3
Broadchurch Series 3With the highly anticipated return
  of Broadchurch for a third and final
  series, the detectives tackle a serious
  assault on a 46-year-old woman
  who is withholding information —
  perhaps something that could be
  relevant to solving the case and
  preventing a rapist from striking

FOLLOWING THE 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY of her friend Cath Atwood (Sarah Parish: Mistresses), 46-year-old Trish Winterman (played by the remarkable, National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh: Coronation Street) is knocked out, bound and gagged and suffers a serious sexual assault in the brilliant third and final television series of Broadchurch.

Three years on from the investigations into the death of a young boy that rocked the town, DS Ellie Miller (the superb Olivia Colman: The Night Manager), whose husband Joe took responsibility for killing young Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara), and DI Alec Harding (sensitively played by David Tennant: Dr Who) begin their new case.

At times disturbing
but always compelling,
the third series of Broadchurch is great
television with fine acting
as Miller and Hardy sift
through the clues
and the suspects to get
their man.
A fascinating series that
works so well...”
Determined to find the rapist, the detectives are surprised that Trish failed to report the incident to the Police until a few days after the terrifying event and she admits to a consensual intimate encounter earlier on the same day, refusing to say with whom.

With the help of rape counsellor Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker: The Smoke) and the Police, Trish tries to recall the events leading up to the assault. But, unable to identify the rapist, she waits anxiously as Ellie and Alec question the men who were at the party that night. Was it someone she knew or was it a complete stranger?

Trish's estranged husband Ian (Charlie Higson: The Fast Show), who walked out on his wife and daughter Leah (Hannah Millward) some months before, had a lot to drink at the party and is unable to account for the time following an argument with Trish. Cath's husband Jim (Mark Bazeley: The Bourne Ultimatum), cannot rely on his wife to give him an alibi and is therefore also a suspect.

Trish and Cath work at a farm shop and their boss, Ed Burnett (the lovable BAFTA-winning Lenny Henry: The Syndicate), admits to having a soft spot for Trish and was last seen at the party heading for the garden after a fight with Jim. He also appears to be stalking Trish.

Convicted rapist Aaron Mayford (Jim Howick) and his wife Jenna (Hara Yannas) have moved into the area and there are similarities between his crimes and the assault on Trish. Leo Humphries (Chris Mason), who manages his family's fishing tackle business, has stock that is similar to twine used to tie up Trish.

Cab driver Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto) lives with his wife Lindsay (Becky Brunning) and son Michael (Deon Lee-Williams). He drove Trish to the party and also lied about where he was at the time of the attack. He had previously made unwanted advances to Trish.

Ellie's son Tom (Adam Wilson: Mr Selfridge) was traumatised by his friend's death and his father's conviction. Tom and his friend Michael have been suspended from school following the discovery of pornographic images on their mobiles and may have vital evidence.

Alec has additional stress as his daughter Daisy (Hannah Rowe) is being tormented by some boys as images of her have been sent around the school, so she wants to return to her mother.

Beth and Mark Latimer (Andy Buchan: Garrow's Law) are still trying to come to terms with the loss of their son and Mark is finding it increasingly difficult to deal with.

In a town where many residents have guilty secrets, how will Ellie, Alec and the team filter out the innocent? Old wounds are reopened and divide a town that is already facing the closure of its local newspaper which was once, with Editor Maggie Radcliffe (Carolyn Pickles: Land Girls) at the helm, the backbone of Broadchurch.

While dealing with their personal problems, Ellie and Alec clash over their treatment of Trish. Ellie is sympathetic but Alec, concerned by other women coming forward to report similar historical assaults, is worried the rapist has struck before and will strike again.

At times disturbing but always compelling, the third series of Broadchurch is great television with fine acting as Miller and Hardy sift through the clues and the suspects to get their man. Julie is phenomenal is her challenging role.

Described as a game-changing, gripping British television series, Broadchurch had everyone on the edge of their seat for some two years. The debut series was ITV's highest-rated new drama of 2013, winning a peak audience of some 10.5 million viewers and the second series was ITV's highest rated drama of 2015, with its premiere delivering viewing figures of more than 10.9 million. The programme remains ITV's most tweeted drama since records began.

The perfect pairing in a first class crime drama with believable characters in a fascinating series that works so well that it is hard to believe there will be no more.

Filmed on location in England at West Bay, Dorset, and Clevedon, Somerset, Broadchurch also features: Arthur Darvill (Little Dorrit) as Rev Paul Coates; BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend) as DC Katie Harford; Ines De Clercq as Danielle Lawrence; Matthew Hopkinson as Alex the Muso; Josette Simon as Chief Superintendent Clark; Joe Sims as Nige Carter; Roy Hudd as David Barrett; Emily Allison as Lizzie Latimer; Charlotte Beaumont as Chloë Latimer; and Benji Yapp as Fred Miller.

Music is by Ólafur Arnalds; Vocals on Take Me Home by Arnor Dan; Director of Photography is Carlos Catalan; Created and Written by acclaimed writer Chris Chibnall (Torchwood); Executive Producers are: Jane Featherstone and Chris Chibnall; Producer is Dan Winch; and Director is Paul Andrew Williams.

* The hugely anticipated final series of the television phenomenon Broadchurch arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK following its run on ITV, along with Broadchurch Complete Series 1-3, courtesy of Acorn Media International, on 24 April 2017.

Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 360 Minutes Approximately on 2 Discs (plus features) | Catalogue Number: DVD: AV3349; Blu-ray: AB2023 | RRP: DVD: £24.99; Blu-ray: £29.99. Series Three Special Features: 10 Minutes of Deleted Scenes; How We Made Broadchurch; Broadchurch Style.

Broadchurch Complete Series 1-3: Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 1,080 Minutes Approximately on 6 Discs (plus features) | Catalogue Number: DVD: AV3350; Blu-ray: AB2024 | RRP: DVD: £44.99; Blu-ray: £49.99. Special Features include: Additional content on the Blu-ray release featuring Series One audio commentaries and deleted scenes.

"At times disturbing but always compelling, the third series of Broadchurch is great television with fine acting as Miller and Hardy sift through the clues and the suspects to get their man. A fascinating series that works so well" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"A compelling watch, hooking you instantly" — TV Guide

"Back to its best… Gets off to a terrific start… Quietly brilliant" — Radio Times

"Hits peak form from the off" — The Times

"Uniquely bleak but cleverly constructed… Compelling" — The Observer

"In very fine fettle indeed… Julie Hesmondhalgh is superb" — Sunday Telegraph