Broadchurch finale shocker

Show's massive success

We were right in the thick of it last night, when the final episode of Broadchurch was screened here live.

It was a fantastic event, made all the more special by creatives, cast and crew joining us for the evening.

The emotional and shocking conclusion was greeted with silence, and then applause when the credits began to roll.

Afterwards, the series’ creator, writer Chris Chibnall, joined our PR┬ámanager Margery Hookings, a former editor of the local paper, for a question and answer session, along with Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Trish Winterman, executive producer Jane Featherstone, Andrew Buchan who played Mark Latimer and Arthur Darvill, who was the Reverend Paul Coates.

You won’t get any spoilers from us about the show, as we know many of you watch on catch-up or box sets. But it was truly a fitting end to an incredible series, which has been so widely praised for its portrayal of difficult subjects yet, at the same time, maintaining a lightness of touch between the central characters of Hardy and Miller. And the depiction of our beautiful land and seascapes here in West Dorset took your breath away, especially those drone shots sweeping along the coast.

If you want to feel like you were at our live screening and Q&A, take a look at this live blog on Somerset Live (but only if you already know who did it).

We’ll miss Broadchurch but we’ll be looking out for all the actors and creatives in future as their faces and names come up on our screens. They feel like proper locals now.

We’ll be posting pictures from the evening in due course, but here’s a selection of reviews from the show.

Here’s a link to our favourite Guardian re-cap from Viv Groskop.

The Telegraph describes the finale as ‘an emotionally exhausting end’ in its review here.

And the shocking denouement is revealed in The Independent here.