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The show ran for 3 seasons and is over now and confirmed it will never be returning. It is oddly one of the most unexpected feminist shows I’ve ever seen and I can’t recommend it enough for those that haven’t seen it.

For those that haven’t seen it, Broadchurch was a show starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman as police officers in a small town investigating the few violent crimes that occur there. Seasons 1 and 2 revolve around the murder of a young boy whose mother is played by Jodie Whittaker and season 3 revolves around a rape.

A quick rundown of some of my favorite moments, spoilers will be marked:

  • The entire friendship between Whittaker and Coleman’s characters. Real women who are struggling and love their families and each other. Excellent actresses being amazing as well. Special mention for Coleman’s clear distress for Whittaker when her son’s body is discovered, this is such an emotionally charged scene and one that both women did so well with Coleman trying to physically reach out to Whittaker and unable to reach her or fix it for her. It’s devastating and will give you chills.

  • Coleman’s character being a bad ass cop while her husband is a SAHD. Smashing stereotypes, you love to see it.

  • Very slight spoiler: unapologetic portrayal of abortion twice, once where Whittaker decides not to get one and again when Eve Myles’ character gets one and is glad she did. Particularly when a man tries to tell Whittaker she shouldn’t do it and she snaps at him for being a man telling her what she should do with her pregnancy.

  • Adult lesbian relationship that is not sexualized in any way and happens between two women in their 50s or so. It’s a B plot, but their love story is absolutely wonderful and both characters are worth their weight in gold for many reasons but this relationship is just such a sweet, subtle love.

  • Coleman’s character realizing that she judged another woman too harshly and was wrong not to understand her situation (don’t want to give too much away here).

  • There’s an entire plot line around Coleman’s son watching porn, which she shuts down for being misogynistic and refuses to tolerate on any level.

  • Portrayal of a teenage girl whose nudes are shared at school and it’s ruining her life.

  • Several raw portrayals of abusive relationships and stalking which are not romanticized. The third season in general is just a left and right takedown of misogyny and male violence.

Anyway. I rewatch this show pretty often and there are plenty more examples of unexpected feminism and just plain old great writing and acting. Even the smallest characters manage to have depth and complexity to them. Anyone else have any personal favs?

The show ran for 3 seasons and is over now and confirmed it will never be returning. It is oddly one of the most unexpected feminist shows I’ve ever seen and I can’t recommend it enough for those that haven’t seen it. For those that haven’t seen it, [Broadchurch](https://m.imdb.com/title/tt2249364/?ref_=fn_al_tt_0) was a show starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman as police officers in a small town investigating the few violent crimes that occur there. Seasons 1 and 2 revolve around the murder of a young boy whose mother is played by Jodie Whittaker and season 3 revolves around a rape. A quick rundown of some of my favorite moments, spoilers will be marked: - The entire friendship between Whittaker and Coleman’s characters. Real women who are struggling and love their families and each other. Excellent actresses being amazing as well. Special mention for Coleman’s clear distress for Whittaker when her son’s body is discovered, this is such an emotionally charged scene and one that both women did so well with Coleman trying to physically reach out to Whittaker and unable to reach her or fix it for her. It’s devastating and will give you chills. - Coleman’s character being a bad ass cop while her husband is a SAHD. Smashing stereotypes, you love to see it. - Very slight spoiler: unapologetic portrayal of abortion twice, once where Whittaker decides not to get one and again when Eve Myles’ character gets one and is glad she did. Particularly when a man tries to tell Whittaker she shouldn’t do it and she snaps at him for being a man telling her what she should do with her pregnancy. - Adult lesbian relationship that is not sexualized in any way and happens between two women in their 50s or so. It’s a B plot, but their love story is absolutely wonderful and both characters are worth their weight in gold for many reasons but this relationship is just such a sweet, subtle love. - Coleman’s character realizing that she judged another woman too harshly and was wrong not to understand her situation (don’t want to give too much away here). - There’s an entire plot line around Coleman’s son watching porn, which she shuts down for being misogynistic and refuses to tolerate on any level. - Portrayal of a teenage girl whose nudes are shared at school and it’s ruining her life. - Several raw portrayals of abusive relationships and stalking which are not romanticized. The third season in general is just a left and right takedown of misogyny and male violence. Anyway. I rewatch this show pretty often and there are plenty more examples of unexpected feminism and just plain old great writing and acting. Even the smallest characters manage to have depth and complexity to them. Anyone else have any personal favs?

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Oh yes! Broadchurch is incredible. I rewatched it during quarantine and I couldn't believe it still packed the same emotional punch for me like it did before I knew all the plot reveals. It's all about the incredible acting, and you are right to highlight the two female leads here. As great as DT is, I found both Coleman & Whittaker's performances the best parts of the show. Just so, so good.

I think this is the type of show I enjoy the second time around knowing the ending because the writing is so good you can go back and see the trail the writers have left once you know the big picture and I appreciate that. It helps keep it feeling fresh and like there are new things to discover.

I also agree that Tennant always does a great job and there are plenty of shows I would happily call him the best character in. In this case, the stories of the women are front and center and I appreciate his ability to step back and let that be the case, that takes a certain amount of skill as well.

Relationships between women is an ongoing theme that I really love. Even when they get really complicated, like season 3 between the victim and her friend and their falling out. Despite the falling out, they still show a solidarity that is lacking, but so important, in the real world. I think that’s the second or third time in the show where we see men complicate relationships between the women and then watch the women come together to help each other anyway. That’s such a beautiful message.

I absolutely adore Broadchurch. It’s one of those rare confluences of excellent actors, great script, intriguing story line, Great cinematography and Location, and you can just tell that there’s a lot of love poured to the creation and messaging.

Fellow fan, sister!!!

I watched it for the first time right at the begining of lockdown, I loved it so much. Olivia's and Jodie's performance's are just amazing.

David T is my tv crush so, yeah, I need to watch this. I've never heard a lot of people talk about it so I didn't know if it was worthwhile but you've sold me on it!

Tennant is great in the show too! I have a little crush on him as well and maybe more on this character than even on him because the character is 100% disgusted by these fucking men he’s dealing with and tells them so every chance he gets haha. It’s fun to watch.

I loved Broadchurch 😭😭

Me too! Olivia Coleman was one of the few celebrities that I was actually disappointed when she did the whole TWAW thing. I honestly didn’t expect it because of the third season of this show being so unapologetically on the side of women. I know she’s not her character, of course, but I really thought accepting such a role suggested she understood feminism a little more. She’s still incredibly talented and I can’t help but love her work but I was surprised and disappointed.

Broadchurch is SO good, fully agree! I really need to rewatch it but will have to brace myself emotionally first.

If you haven’t seen it I’d recommend Happy Valley - don’t be fooled by the name, lots of similarities to Broadchurch. It’s very, very good, and very, very bleak.

I love Happy Valley as well! The storyline of her and her sister taking care of her grandson is such a great family setup and really good to see. Have you seen The Fall? Similar again, except they cast Gillian Anderson (X files) and she does a pretty passable British accent. No spoiler - but shout out for the scene where the killer calls her and is going on about how smart he is and she tells him he’s an average pathetic man who hates women, nothing special about that.

I loved Broadchurch and had similar observations. I was just watching something called "Unforgotten" with Nicola Walker and I do enjoy the authenticity of female characters in British drama.

I watched a fair way into season 1 because British crime drama and David Tennant, but it was too damn grim and depressing, so I gave up.

It does start that way, but by season 2 when the characters are familiar with each other and have some fun back and forth it has more light moments. It’s still not a comedy so not many, but more.