Broadchurch is an 8 part drama series which looks at how the murder of a boy - Danny Latimer - affects a small, market town in Dorset. It will explore what happens to this small community when it suddenly becomes the focus of a major event and is subjected to the full glare of the media spotlight.
The main focus of the drama is the investigation into Danny's death lead by DI Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), but other strands explored in the drama include the impact on Danny's immediate family, and how they cope and move on; the wider community in the town, and how they deal with the tragedy; the role of the church in such circumstances, and how people affected by the crime can look to faith; and also the role of the media - local and national - and how people deal with the kind of scrutiny a crime like this brings.
From the immediate family, and then radiating out, one by one the community of Broadchurch are drawn into the police enquiry, Local hoteliers and business people are implicated as the effects of a death in the community begins to impact on their hard-earned livelihoods. But can the town survive such a seismic shock during its economically crucial summer months? As the case drags on, the whole town will come under pressure: personal, economic, professional and emotional.