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Tuesday 26th May 2020

Broadchurch writer reveals why he decided to kill off the show now

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Fans of gritty drama Broadchurch will be hoping to find out who Trish Winterman’s attacker is as the last ever episode of the ITV show airs tonight.

The third series will draw to a close after eight weeks of “whodunnit” guessing as Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) close in on the attacker.

Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch

This series saw them lead an investigation into Trish’s (Julie Hesmondhalgh) rape in the fictional Dorset town.

The makers of the drama have been praised by police and rape counsellors who have said they hope the storyline will encourage real-life victims to come forward.

Why am I saying goodbye to David and Olivia and all these brilliant people?

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Viewers have also been moved by the harrowing scenes and have heaped praise on former Coronation Street actress Julie for her portrayal of the character.

Former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh stars in Broadchurch (ITV).

The show’s writer and creator, Chris Chibnall, told The Sun’s TV Magazine that he did have second thoughts about ending the show.

He said: “I felt like a bit of an idiot. I was like, ‘Why am I saying goodbye to David and Olivia and all these brilliant people?’

But I didn’t have another story to tell in this world and I think it’s nice to go out on such strong form.”

The penultimate episode cast more doubt and suspicion on the residents in the sleepy coastal town and also brought to a head the sad storyline that has been building up for Mark Latimer.

Andrew Buchan during the TV Bafta nominations at BAFTA, in central London. (Yui Mok)

Mark, played by Andrew Buchan, and his family were at the centre of the first series which dealt with the murder of their young son Danny.

Series three has shown Mark’s struggle to move on and get over the loss, as well as his unsuccessful attempt at ending his life.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan are returning as Beth and Mark Latimer

The main suspects in play for the attack on Trish have included her ex, Ian Winterman (Charlie Higson), her best friend’s husband Jim Atwood (Mark Bazeley), cab driver Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto) and Trish’s boss, shop owner Ed Burnett (Sir Lenny Henry).

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Chris will step into the shoes of current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, next year.

The final episode of Broadchurch airs on ITV on April 17 at 9pm.