Broad­church pair are back on cop form

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES - IANHYLAND

There was some pos­i­tive news at the open­ing episode of the third and fi­nal se­ries of ITV’S Broad­church last night. There were no court­room scenes. This will no doubt have de­lighted ev­ery­one who com­plained about them ru­in­ing the se­cond se­ries. To be hon­est, I never thought it was as bad as some peo­ple made out. That said, I’m still glad the ac­tion has shifted back to Broad­church’s top de­tec­tive duo, Alec Hardy (David Ten­nant) and El­lie Miller (Olivia Col­man), do­ing what they do best – de­tec­tiv­ing, ban­ter­ing and bick­er­ing. The pair were called in to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter lo­cal woman Tr­ish (played bril­liantly by former Cor­rie star and fu­ture Bafta win­ner Julie Hes­mond­halgh, right) was raped at a party at a creepy coun­try man­sion out in the Dorset sticks. As with the mur­der of Danny La­timer in se­ries one, it looks like the crime will send shock­waves through the tight-knit com­mu­nity. Even though Tr­ish said her at­tacker was a man, we’ve all seen enough of Broad­church to know things won’t be that sim­ple. Sarah Parish’s char­ac­ter Cath looks like a wrong ‘un for a start. One thing I’m not too sure about is where orig­i­nal cast mem­bers like Mark and Beth La­timer and Rev­erend Paul Coates fit into all of this. Hope­fully, we won’t get too bogged down catch­ing up with their lives, be­cause Broad­church is at its strong­est when it re­volves around Miller and Hardy. Speak­ing of Hardy, I’d love to know how he man­aged to hear the sound of that tiny wa­ter­fall from so far away on a windy day. Fancy com­ing round my house on Sun­day night, Hardy? I’m plan­ning on watch­ing SS-GB again and I could re­ally use your ears.

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