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5 Shows like Broadchurch: A Community Torn Apart

When a small town his hit with the devastating news of a murder, everyone is under suspicion. Tensions rise and hopes fade as the investigation uncovers dark secrets and hidden truths. If you are looking for other TV shows like Broadchurch, Luther is another great British crime thriller and The Missing gives insight into just how parents feel when their child vanishes.

Life Will Never Be the Same Again

A tight knit community is torn apart when a young boy is murdered and the town is besieged by the police. The media quickly follow the police, hounding the residents of the town and uncovering dark secrets along the way.

Everyone is under suspicion as tension in the town rises and the residents have no way to escape the scrutiny. Olivia Coleman and David Tenant play the detectives in charge of the case, both producing outstanding performances as they stubble to come to terms with this tragic murder.

If you are looking for more intense crime drama, take a look at these TV series like Broadchurch.

‘Luther’ (BBC, 2010-2015)

Idris Elba takes a departure from his bad boy ways in The Wire when he plays the genius detective John Luther, who is always in search of his next case to crack. Luther explores gritty crimes in the goriest of circumstances, but our hero detective stays determined throughout.

John Luther is not without flaws, as he battles personal demons that struggles to cross over into his work. Luther often lets his emotions rule him and can be very unpredictable, which adds to the addictive nature of the series.

Similarity Match: 90%
Luther is an amazing detective, just like Alec and Ellie in Broadchurch. Both sets of writers have done an amazing job in terms of getting behind the scenes of the crime, to see how the people left behind truly feel when their lives are torn apart.

‘Happy Valley’ (BBC, 2014-)

Despite its name, Happy Valley is a far from the jolly town you would expect from the name. Sergeant Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire, is on duty when a kidnapping plot goes horribly wrong and spirals into a web of crime.

The sleepy Yorkshire town, that Cawood patrols, is rocked by crime after crime, but will the police ever get to the bottom of what is happening and does Cawood know more than she is letting on?

Similarity Match: 85%
Like the detectives in Broadchurch, Catherine finds that uncovering dark secrets is much harder than she ever anticipated. Happy Valley is such an underrated TV show and I think you will love it.

‘The Killing’ (KMF Films, 2011-2014)

Another series like Broadchurch  is The Killing. When the body of 17 year old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car, Detective Sarah Linden is called in to lead the investigation into her death.

The case takes on lots of twists and turns, with those closest to home unable to free themselves from suspicion. Single parent Sarah, has her own personal issues, which viewers will empathise with. If you would prefer to indulge in a little Nordic Noir, the Danish version of The Killing is far superior, in my opinion.

Similarity Match: 80%
The Killing focuses on one story that sees detective Sarah take many dark twists and turns, in her search for the killer of Rosie Larson. There is a heavy focus on the parents of the deceased, just as in Broadchurch, which shows the empathic side of policing.

‘The Fall’ (Artists Studio, 2013-)

Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson is assigned one of her toughest cases yet, as she searches for a dangerous murderer who is on the loose in Belfast. Gillian Anderson is back to her best in this gripping TV show, that will have you hiding behind your sofa as you watch hunter Paul Spector preys on his next victim.

Gibson and her team face a race against time, as the killer constantly outwits them and the case becomes darker and darker.

Similarity Match: 75%
The Fall is much more fast paced than Broadchurch, but it explores similar moral dilemmas faced by detectives, when personal emotions threaten to overtake a case.

‘The Missing’ (New Pictures, 2014)

James Nesbitt stars as a father whose life is turned upside down in the space of a few seconds. When on holiday in France, Tony and Emily Hughes are having a wonderful time until their son Oliver goes missing.

Ridden with guilt at taking his eye off his son, Tony’s life spirals out of control as he refuses to give up looking for his beloved son.

Similarity Match: 70%
The Missing is more of a one man battle to find the truth, rather than a detective story in the true sense, but it is very gripping and will tug at your heart strings when you picture a child in distress.


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I hope you enjoy these recommendations of shows similar to Broadchurch.
Is there another TV show that you’d like to recommend to Broadchurch fans?
I’d love to read about how I can indulge in my next crime drama marathon, in the comments below.
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