So who’s guilty then? That’s the question most of us will be asking ourselves after that thrilling penultimate instalment of Line of Duty. Writer Jed Mercurio definitely kept us waiting for the arrest of Mark Dryden, but when it did come the resulting interview was masterfully executed. But, as he has done all series, Mercurio continues to put doubt in our heads with that final shot of Lindsay. It’s unclear how much she knew but suffice to say that Dryden’s arrest is partly to do with her.
As somebody who watches a lot of hours of TV drama a week, it’s very rare that an episode leaves me gasping for breath. However, by the end of tonight’s episode of Line of Duty, I was physically exhausted, as the programme presented us with a final ten minutes that had me on the edge of my seat. After two episodes that were filled with character development, tonight’s instalment really delivered on the promise made by that exhilarating opening chapter.
One of the elements of Line of Duty that I love so much is that you are constantly changing your opinions of the characters. Jed Mercurio has made it so we never know what to make of Lindsay Denton and I for one thought she was as guilty as sin until some doubt crept into my mind in the dying moments of last week’s episode. Tonight, and arguably for the first time, Mercurio presents Denton in a completely sympathetic light as she faces time in jail for a crime she still claims she didn’t commit. But despite feeling sorry for her throughout the course of this episode, I still don’t know whether to trust Lindsay or if Mercurio and his team are simply lulling us into a false sense of security. As always, I will be mentioning certain key events from the episode, so if you are yet to watch tonight’s instalment I suggest you return when you have.
I stand by my view that last week’s Line of Duty was one of the best hours of television of the past year. The exhilarating ride of episode one started from the opening ambush scene and continued right up until that amazing final moment. But tonight, Line of Duty proved that it wasn’t a programme that would rely on shock moments alone and we got a fair bit of character development laced throughout the episode. At the heart of the show is Keeley Hawes’ Lindsay Denton, a police officer who may be corrupt but certainly isn’t somebody who should be underestimated.
I personally believe that this has been a poor year so far for TV drama with even the great and mighty Sherlock being somewhat disappointing. Though I enjoy some aspects of a lot of the programmes currently showing nothing has really grabbed. That was until I watched the first episode of Line of Duty’s second series which drew me in from the very first scene and didn’t let go till the end. This was a programme that didn’t just rely on shock value but instead featured incredible dialogue-heavy scenes which were punctuated with memorable moments.
So, after eight weeks of clues and guess-work tonight’s episode of Broadchurch finally revealed who killed Danny Latimer. ITV have been promoting this final episode all week, telling us that closure will be achieved and making this finale seem incredibly important. Indeed I’m struggling to remember the last time that the final part of a TV drama really felt like a must-watch event especially a murder mystery drama such as Broadchurch. So it’s really a testament to ITV and writer Chris Chibnall that the nation were glued to their screens to find out who the killer was.
Reading the comments under my weekly reviews or Broadchurch, it’s clear that some of you feel that the programme is being dragged out too long. I personally think that the drawn out nature of the investigation is something that is a credit to the show and I like how it isn’t rushing through the suspects. Indeed that sense of frustration plays into tonight’s episode as eight weeks have now passed since the death of Danny Latimer. With police resources now being cut back it appears as if it will be even harder for Miller and Hardy to solve Danny’s murder. However this episode brings up some new evidence and finally sees the police interrogate one of the major suspects.
Fans of ITV drama Broadchurch are of course eagerly awaiting the big reveal about who murdered schoolboy Danny Latimer, and while speaking to the People about the whodunit, Vicky McClure – who plays journalist Karen White – has revealed that fans will be “shocked” by the outcome.
The latest episode of Broadchurch – the sixth of its eight episode run – airs tonight at 9pm, and in it, we’ll see that there are still no new leads or witnesses, and that the case is stalling while morale is low…
And things go from bad to worse for Hardy (David Tennant) when he’s told to cut back the investigation, however, reporter Maggie (Carolyn Pickles) may be about to stumble upon something that could change everything. Read more & comment »
In my previous review of Broadchurch I noted how Danny’s murder had made the seaside town a particularly hostile place. Despite the ominous tents now being moved from the beaches, there’s a mood of distrust in the air and that definitely manifests itself in tonight’s episode. As we saw last week, newsagent Jack Marshall’s past was brought up and the police have marked him out to be one of the lead suspects.
As we approach the halfway point of Broadchurch it appears as if everybody has their own idea of who the killer is. The last couple of episodes have built up Mark Latimer as the lead suspect in the death of his son Danny. However it was revealed last week that Mark’s flimsy alibi was an attempt to cover up an affair with hotelier Becca Fisher. With Mark now seemingly out of the picture, a number of different characters are being lined up as the potential murder. This fourth instalment sees the citizens of Broadchurch turn on each other as they try to decide who to trust. As more secrets come about Broadchurch’s residents it appears as if nobody in a small community truly knows their neighbours.
Those who read my review of last week’s edition of Broadchurch knew that I thought it was a bit of a let-down. After a stunning opener, Broadchurch lost some of its realism by introducing a psychic telephone engineer and a plot involving cocaine. Thankfully I felt tonight’s episode was a return to form even though it did feature the telephone engineer once again. It also felt fairly focused this week as it mainly featured the investigation into whether Mark Latimer killed his son.
Last night saw the premier of the exciting new ITV thriller, Broadchurch, starring former Doctor Who David Tennant, and if you are already hooked, as most of the country appears to be, then you can get the whole 8-part series on DVD!
Tennant, who held the position of BBC world saving Time Lord Doctor Who prior to its current leader Matt Smith, plays out-of-town Detective Inspector Alec Hardy investigating the mysterious death of an 11-year-old boy on a beach at the foot of a cliff at the seaside community of Broadchurch. Read more & comment »
So far this year ITV’s drama output hasn’t been great what with Mr Selfridge still dragging on and Great Night Out flopping in the ratings it seems as if the channel needs a hit. Thankfully they may just have that with Broadchurch a new eight part thriller drama set around a small seaside community who experience a tragedy after a eleven year old boy is killed.
A new eight part ITV ensemble drama series, Broadchurch, led by David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Vicky McClure will explore what happens to a small community when it suddenly becomes the focus of a major event and is subjected to the full glare of the media spotlight.
Broadchurch will also feature an amazing array of British acting talent including Jodie Whittaker as Beth, Andrew Buchan as Mark, Will Mellor playing Stephen Turner and Arthur Darvill as the town priest Paul Coates.
When a film or TV series claims to be mainly improvised I often find myself trying to guess the moments when the actors are creating their own dialogue rather than reading from a script and this was something I found myself doing a lot while watching True Love. The BBC drama features five stories all set in and around the seaside town of Margate which, as the title would suggest, are all about true love which in some cases has already been found but in others are tested such as in episode one.