David Tennant and Olivia Colman’s DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy have got their work cut out in Broadchurch series 3.
The duo’s investigations into the attack on Trish Winterman are throwing up fresh suspects every single episode with the seaside village packed full of horrid men, all with plenty of motive and terrible alibis.
The Chris Chibnall eight-part drama has had our heads spinning since episode one, so here is a quick round-up of all the suspects so far…
Ian Winterman – Charlie Higson
Trish’s ex is either guilty or very unlucky, because Ian has behaving like a guilty man from the outset. He’s refused to give a DNA swab, he’s been furiously cleaning the clothes he was wearing at the party and he’s pleaded with Jim Atwood to give him an alibi after he ended up blind drunk and passing out.
He fobbed off Miller and Hardy with a story about sharing a drunken taxi ride home, but how much longer will that story hold?
If that wasn’t enough evidence, he’s also panicking about some “stuff” on his laptop that he needs his former pupul Leo Humphries to remove for him. His panicked facial expressions suggest that it’s more than a dodgy search history he’s hiding.
Jim Atwood – Mark Bazeley
The mechanic’s own wife doesn’t even trust him, so he’s got to rank pretty high on everyone’s suspect lists.
He’s got fishing equipment and condoms, which would match evidence found at the scene, and Mark Bazeley has been perfecting his shifty every week.
Ed Burnett – Lenny Henry
Grumpy, teetotaler shop owner Ed has most viewers on the fence currently. He’s clearly going to be a key suspect, but his scrapping with Jim Atwood at the party actually endears him to us.
However, he revealed a terrible attitude to rape victims when questioned by Miller and Hardy and the fact that his daughter DC Katie Harford is one of the investigating officers has yet to be revealed. What did she warn him about in episode 2?
The bandleader at the party said that Ed had a look like he “wanted to kill someone” at the party, which was unfortunate wording. Was his anger about his scrap with Jim or did he have something else on his mind?
Clive Lucas – Sebastian Armesto
Miller and Hardy’s prime suspect in the opening episodes – and therefore probably innocent of this crime at least – is taxi driver Lucas.
He has a secret drawer stashed with items hopefully found in the back of his cab. However, one of those items was a locket with an image of Trish and her daughter Leah. We suspect his sordid secret may be a relationship with Leah, but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest he could be guilty of raping Trish.
He’s lied to the police repeatedly, his vehicle was spotted at the venue on the night of the party with no lights on and nobody inside and he’s faced allegations of sexual assault in the past from a passenger.
Trish admitted that she once knocked back Lucas after a date. Did he take revenge in the most disturbing way possible?
Leo Humphries – Chris Mason
The arrogant and smug fishing shop manager has a very weak alibi – eating a kebab with his girlfriend – and he’s clearly got some suspicious IT skills that Ian Winterman utilizes.
Pictures of scantily clad women scattered around his office suggest that he’s not got a great attitude with the female sex, so we wouldn’t be surprised if he knows something or someone involved in the attack.
Arthur Tamworth – Richard Hope
The owner of the house, where the Atwood’s held their party and Trish was attacked has only made the most brief appearances so far.
However, his comments about the waterfall where Trish was attacked and the fact nobody can hear you when you’re
Tom Miller – Adam Wilson
We’re not sure we could bear the pain for poor Ellie Miller if this theory turns out to be true. However, a number of fans believe that young Tom might have attacked Trish and that his pornography addiction has turned him into a sexual predator.
Has he turned into his father’s son? Olivia Colman will be working her cry-face overtime if he turns out to be guilty.
Chaz the Cook – Charles Babalola and Alex the Music – Alex Hopkinson
The fact that neither the cook nor the band leader, who were both questioned by Hardy and Miller in episode 3, have been given proper names on the cast list, mean we’re writing them off from our suspects list. Let’s hope we’ve not been too hasty.
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