BROADCHURCH wasn't essentially about murder, retribution or violent sexual crimes - it was about community.

That was writer Chris Chibnall's message to the audience who were at the Electric Palace to watch the live screening of the final episode on Monday.

They were treated to an in-depth documentary about the making of the three series of the hit ITV drama with interviews from Chris, the stars, producers and directors.

And after the final credits they were able to ask questions of the panel - Chris, executive producer Jane Featherstone, Andrew Buchan who played Mark Latimer, Arthur Darvill who was the Rev Paul Coates and Julie Hesmondhalgh who played rape victim Trish Winterman, who got a round of applause after announcing she'd just become patron of the Dorset Rape Crisis Centre.

They were introduced by former Bridport News editor Margery Hookings who told them that people were proud and privileged that Broadchurch was their Bridport and West Bay.

Chris said: "It is hard to put into words. It is genuinely emotional in the most positive way possible being here in Electric Palace, it just feels like a very Broadchurch way to end it.

"When I say Broadchurch I sort of mean Bridport, it is a very Bridport night."

Executive producer Jane Featherstone said she felt immensely relieved now it was finally over.

She said: "You have given us so much of your generosity and good will over so many years I felt such responsibility."

And Julie said: "I stayed in West Bay last night and to feel the buzz and the ownership of this community for the show it was this incredible feeling. I am very privileged to be part of it."

Chris said series three was the most important story they'd told.

He paid tribute to Julie and to her sense of responsibility playing the part of a rape victim.

He also thanked the organisations - the Dorset Rape Crisis, Centre, Sark and the survivors trust - for their time, advice and encouragement - and without whom there would not have been a third series.

He said: "Without them we just wouldn't be here. It is easy for us to be up here but they are the people who deal with this every day and who make difference to people's lives."

Julie added: "It cannot be underestimated the incredible work that is being done - it is quite patchy all over the country.

"In some areas people have to travel long distances to get the kind of support you have seen in this series.

"I am very proud to this week to become the patron of Dorset Rape Crisis Centre.

"If anything comes from this series and this particular story is that we must keep the pressure up.

"It is OK for us to be deign hiss's to rise funds in this way tonight but it it is really important to raise awareness that these services are being cut massively all over the country.

"Right now it is not seen as a priority for this government I would urge you all to do everything you can to keep the pressure up to keep these services up and running and properly funded so that these incredible women can continue the work they are doing.

"Change does not come from above. The government doesn't suddenly decide to legislate in favour of women who who are going through these terrible experiences.It comes from the ground, from people working at the coal face."


THE makers of Broadchurch say they want viewers to come away with a sense of hope - that together people can find a way past horrendous acts.

Producer Sam Hoyle said: "Chris wanted it to be a show about community, about how a community deals collectively with something so traumatic, how does that community respond?

"We'd love viewers to take away a sense of hope that together it is possible to find your way though a horrendous act of sexual violence."

And if that sexual violence was hard to watch the actress who played Trish said she was impressed with the care taken with the storyline.

She said making entertainment out of such a hard thing that so many woman are going through every day was a tremendous responsibility.

"You have to get it right," she said.

In the documentary Chris admitted he'd written Broadchurch for Olivia Colman.

He said: "The show was accidentally written for Olivia Colman. Hers was the first name when we were bouncing character ideas around

"It might have been slightly in my sub conscious but I absolutely wrote it for Olivia Colman."

They never thought she'd agree being so much in demand, but once she read the script she was hooked.

She said: "I really wanted to play Ellie, and it has been a privilege."

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David was also hooked.

He said: "I was very intrigued. I wanted to know what happened next, to know more about these characters."

Other stars not only paid tribute to the writing and the production but to each other and how much fun, despite the serious subject matter, they'd had making the series.

Jodie Whittaker, aka Beth Latimer said her screen husband was one of the funniest people you'll ever meet.

She said: "Then minutes later full grief can just appear, how does he do that?"

As for Jodie she's credited with ordering a full-size cardboard cut out of the vicar played by Arthur Darvill from the internet which subsequently appeared in random places around the set.

Arthur said: "I walked into my trailer and there I was!"

Olivia Colman said of David Tennant: "He's one the nicest people you'll ever meet. When he was not in a scene I didn't quite know what to do with myself."

Arthur said when he met Chris he was told there was a 'no w****** policy' which totally illustrated it was all about people it is not about anything flashy or drama for the sake of drama just about lovely,wonderful, real people going through stuff."

As well as the story lines and the sense of community Chris said it is all about where they were and showcasing the area.

Jane Featherstone said Chris had wanted to show the beauty in this incredible town.

"Just because it is a murder story doesn't mean it can't be beautiful and extraordinary," she said.

Chris added: "It had to look and sound more beautiful than anything."

Producer Sam Hoyle said: "The idea of setting the show in a small ordinary working town is very true to the heart of the idea that Chris started out with telling the story of a community - it would be a very different show set in an urban environment, it would not be the same thing at all."

Asked what scenes he was proudest of Chris said: "The scenes I am proudest of especially in series one are the scenes where we capture the emotional realism of what it is like to lose a child.

"We all felt genuine responsibility to real people and real families who may have been through this to be as accurate, as raw, as real as possible."

They also revealed the lengths they took to keep storylines secret.

In series two when Matthew Gravelle, as Joe Miller was in the dock, they disguised him with wig and sunglasses if he was on location shoots.

The actors at the Palace said they hadn't seen the edited, final version and didn't always know what other characters were up to.

Andrew said: "We read the scripts but don't see how they are edited. This has been one long goose bump fest."

Jane added that she hoped people came away feeling positive now the show was over.

She said: "We wanted a warm and hopeful end to the trilogy, to be absolutely hopeful that the human spirit and this community can come together and overcome the the darkness ."