Trish returns to the scene of the crime in the hope it will prompt her to remember something more about the attack. A shocking revelation turns the case on its head.
Ellie makes a breakthrough, and the Latimers count the cost.
Ed comes under scrutiny, and Mark makes a decision.
Information from a new witness turns Ellie and Hardy's understanding of the case upside down, while Katie discovers a crucial new link to a key suspect and Beth comes forward with new revelations.
The jury returns its verdict in the Danny Latimer murder trial. Hardy finally solves the Sandbrook murder case.
Hardy and Ellie uncover the truth behind the rape of Trish Winter man.
DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called in to investigate a serious sexual assault.
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.
Joe Miller decides to plead not guilty to the charge of murdering Danny Latimer. DI Hardy reveals that he has been hiding a key witness in the Sandbrook murder case.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.