The BEST Episodes of Broadchurch

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2020

Network: ITV

Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller lead the investigations into crimes committed in the small, coastal town of Broadchurch.

Episode 8

#1 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 22, 2013

The final piece of the jigsaw finally begins to fall into place. DI Hardy and DS Miller attempt to name Danny Latimer’s killer.

star 8.33
2,487 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 8

#2 - Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 17, 2017

Hardy and Ellie uncover the truth behind the rape of Trish Winterman, and lives in Broadchurch are changed forever.

star 8.20
1,921 votes
Episode 8

#3 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 23, 2015

Decisions are made, truths are revealed, and lives in Broadchurch are changed forever.

star 8.00
1,473 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 7

#4 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 15, 2013

Following recent events, Miller is more isolated than ever before as she tries to find out what happened at the clifftop hut. Meanwhile, the police are circling Susan as Nige grows increasingly desperate for her to leave Broadchurch.

star 7.96
2,504 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 7

#5 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 10, 2017

Important pieces of evidence come to light against all the key suspects in the case – Ellie and Hardy can feel the vice tightening and know that soon, the case will crack open...

star 7.89
2,111 votes
Episode 1

#6 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2015

Joe Miller's arraignment opens painful wounds for the community of Broadchurch. Detective Hardy is forced to confront ghosts from his past.

star 7.85
1,822 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 5

#7 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 1, 2013

Miller realises the evidence Jack handed over does not match with her knowledge of Danny's possessions. Jack, the news agent, gets unfair press treatment.

star 7.83
2,632 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 6

#8 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 3, 2017

Ellie and Hardy bring a new suspect in for questioning. In a search of this suspect’s premises, Ellie finds devastating new evidence linking him to the crime. Back at the station, DC Katie Harford confronts Ellie and Hardy with an uncomfortable truth about her role in the investigation. Hardy and Ellie’s new suspect gives them his detailed version of events, but when they dig deeper they begin to doubt his story. Ellie and Hardy discover that Ian has taken a personal item of Trish’s without her knowledge. They seize it for examination. What can they learn from it?

star 7.82
2,045 votes
Episode 7

#9 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 16, 2015

A trap is set, but it remains to be seen whether it will have the desired result. Paul steps in to help a figure in distress, and in a turn of events she could never have foreseen, Ellie finds herself exposed and alone.

star 7.80
1,422 votes
Directors: Mike Barker
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 1

#10 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 4, 2013

Out-of-town DI Alec Hardy investigates the death of an 11-year-old boy in a seaside community aided by local DS Ellie Miller. The child's parent and other residents of Broadchurch try to cope with the media frenzy surrounding the case.

star 7.79
3,070 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 1

#11 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 27, 2017

DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called to investigate a serious sexual assault.

star 7.77
2,399 votes
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 2

#12 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 11, 2013

The Latimer family struggles to cope with their grief and the Rev. Paul Coates decides to speak to the local media.

star 7.74
2,632 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 4

#13 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 25, 2013

A local journalist uncovers a new suspect. Beth and Mark try to get more national press coverage of their son's death.

star 7.72
2,450 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 5

#14 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 27, 2017

A new witness tells Hardy and Ellie their story. This information turns Ellie and Hardy’s understanding of Trish’s case upside down. Katie discovers a crucial new link between the case and a key suspect. Ellie and Hardy investigate the suspect’s alibi more closely and find worrying inconsistencies. Beth tells her supervisor about Trish’s case. Their discussion leads them to come forward to Ellie and Hardy with new revelations. Lucas reveals what he saw on the night of the party. Jim reacts violently, telling him to keep his mouth shut. A call from the owner at Axehampton forces Ellie and Hardy to hurry back to the grounds of the house once more.

star 7.69
2,045 votes
Episode 2

#15 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 6, 2017

Shockwaves reverberate through Broadchurch as news of the attack spreads.

star 7.68
2,194 votes
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 3

#16 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 18, 2013

Crime scene fingerprints lead DI Hardy and DS Miller to a suspect in Danny's murder. Steve Connelly approaches Beth claiming to have a message from her dead son.

star 7.68
2,649 votes
Directors: Euros Lyn
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 4

#17 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2015

Miller is struggling to control her sister Lucy amid family tensions, Alec must confront his demons, and Mark Latimer has to make a decision.

star 7.68
1,461 votes
Directors: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 6

#18 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 9, 2015

Ellie tries to wrest back control, and time is running out for Alec Hardy. Meanwhile, Beth Latimer has to face an emotional ordeal alone.

star 7.65
1,463 votes
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 3

#19 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 13, 2017

Trish receives a shocking message, and for Hardy and Miller, suspects start to come into view.

star 7.64
2,115 votes
Directors: Daniel Nettheim
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 4

#20 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 20, 2017

Trish returns to the scene of the crime - will she remember anything more about the attack? DC Katie Harford discovers a strong lead - a new suspect who doesn't have an alibi. Questioned by Ellie and Hardy, Cath reveals interesting new information about the night of her party. Finally, a breakthrough - Hardy and Ellie get a match on the male DNA found on Trish. An unknown woman walks into the police station. Interviewed by Ellie and Hardy, she delivers some devastating new information.

star 7.64
2,093 votes
Directors: Daniel Nettheim
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 6

#21 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 8, 2013

The case is stalling and morale is low. At the Broadchurch Echo, Maggie resolves to solve a mystery that has taken a very personal turn for her.

star 7.62
2,415 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 5

#22 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 2, 2015

As Hardy and Ellie continue their unofficial investigation into the Sandbrook case, new information forces them to re-evaluate the things they believe - is it possible that they've been wrong about everything so far? Barrister Sharon receives unexpected help, while local reporter Olly Stevens gets a major scoop.

star 7.54
1,409 votes
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 3

#23 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2015

Hardy faces a race against time as Ellie discovers a startling new piece of evidence, forcing them to reassess their suspicions. Meanwhile, with DS Miller coming under intense pressure from all sides, life for Mark and Beth is about to change for ever.

star 7.53
1,498 votes
Directors: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Chris Chibnall
Episode 2

#24 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2015

The townspeople struggle to come to terms with recent events, and shock waves reverberate through Broadchurch. What will the impact be on the Latimers? Meanwhile, Paul continues his secret meetings and Hardy must face a figure from his past.

star 7.47
1,567 votes
Directors: James Strong
Writers: Chris Chibnall