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DI Hardy and DS Miller finally identify Danny Latimer's killer, and the circumstances leading to his death. His family, and the wider community, struggle to come to terms with the revelations.
DI Hardy is hospitalised, and his health becomes a concern. DS Miller interrogates Susan Wright, who reveals her connection to Nige Cater and implicates him in Danny's death. Rev Coates approaches Hardy with what may prove vital evidence.
The investigation gets under way as DI Hardy and DS Miller try to locate the murder scene and to identify the principal suspects. The Latimers struggle to cope. The Herald's Karen White is determined to make this a national story.
The trial for Joe Miller's murder of Daniel Latimer begins, and Alec and Hardy set Claire up for a dangerous meeting.
The community of Broadchurch is rocked by the death of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, whose body is found on a beach. The Latimers are unable to cope with their loss and the sudden media attention. DS Ellie Miller, a friend of the family, struggles to deal with the disappointment of losing out on promotion and an associated resentment of DI Alec Hardy, recently transferred to Wessex Police.moreless
The Latimers attempt to use the national press to help find their son's killer. Journalist Olly Stevens discovers that newsagent Jack Marshall has a previous conviction. DI Hardy suffers a blackout.
Hardy faces a race against time as Ellie discovers a startling new piece of evidence, forcing them to reassess their suspicions. Meanwhile, life for Mark and Beth is about to change forever, as Ellie comes under intense pressure from all sides.
Hardy and Ellie come under fire over progress made in the case. Miller notices an inconsistency in the evidence handed over by Jack Marshall, while an article in the Herald suggests that he is a sex offender.
Fingerprints found at the murder scene incriminate Danny's own father, whose alibi for the night of the murder is soon broken. Steve Connolly claims to have a message from Danny to his mother.
A trap is set - but will it have the desired result? Paul steps in to help a figure in distress, and in a turn of events she could have never foreseen, Ellie finds herself exposed and alone.
With no new leads or witnesses, DI Hardy is told to scale back the investigation. However, when the town gathers to mourn Jack Marshall's death, his attention turns to Rev Coates. Maggie Radcliffe is determined to uncover Susan Wright's secret.
Family tensions surface as Ellie struggles to control her sister Lucy, Mark Latimer has a decision to make and Alec Hardy has to face his demons.