So. This evening ITV are showing the final episode of Broadchurch, there will be no more. It’s the conclusion to this series’ crime with its many twists and turns and heartbreaking scenes.
In the longer story of Broadchurch there will be closure on the story of The Latimer, many are bored with this story, but the aim was to show the long term effect on a family whose child was murdered. Rather than simply find the killer, throw him in prison and never explore the repercussions, we chose to explore them, show how it affects a family.
How many families stay together undamaged after something like that?
The costumes on Broadchurch are not there to show the grand talent of the costume designer. They are scruffy, real. They don’t conform and they have problems in the same way the people who wear them do. They are not neat, they don’t reference anything else but the thing they do is show you the emotional references for each character. Hardy’s suits and ties are so scruffy, he simply doesn’t care about the way he looks. Ellie’s clothes show that she’s from the town, they are not city slick, they reference the environment she grew up in. Even down to her walking boots and cagoule.
It’s not about showing me off, it’s about believing the characters no matter how old and dishevelled and misfitting their clothes are. It’s about life continuing in all its colourful Britishness despite the crimes. The crimes don’t mean they all suddenly wear grey, life goes on no matter what even though the community is rocked occasionally.
So in conclusion, it’s been an emotional 5 years, I know each character inside out and I almost know what they are thinking.
We have dealt with murder, Rape and Misogyny in a gracious and revealing way. We have gripped the nation.
Now it’s almost over, I may shed a tear for the emotional rollercoaster it’s been both publicly and personally for me.
I hope you get it in the end, please do……..