Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Broadchurch Series 3, Episode 6 by Chris Chibnall (2017)

This week’s Broadchurch episode, the strongest so far, is all about people trying to escape the prisons they carry with them – and often finding that they can’t.

While Lenny Henry’s Ed Burnett spends the majority of the episode under police custody, brooding in an actual cell or a police interrogation room, and Joe Miller seeks to build a new life for himself in Liverpool to escape from his past, we also see quite how much Mark Latimer is unable to move on from the imprisonment that is his grief over his boy’s death… and how, eventually, he finds peace. The episode’s closing moments, which see Andrew Buchan putting in some of his best work as Mark, are terrifically written, shot and acted, bringing the story of the Latimers that stretches right back to the first season’s first episode to an awful climax right back on the same cliff where it all began – even down to the same camerawork.

Different viewers will have different interpretations of quite how Mark killed himself, of course, though personally I suspect he threw himself off the cliff and the use of his boat and the appearance of Danny comprised something of a dying hallucination: quite apart from the boat seeming to vanish from view, these scenes have an air of dream logic about them, as though they were his final thoughts, devoted to being at peace. We will no doubt see confirmation next week, as Ellie and Hardy will presumably discover his body on the beach or washed out to sea… which should, at least, give the Rev Paul Coates something to do, in contrast to his No-Show this week.

This review was originally written for CultBox.co.uk. You can read the rest of it here.

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