Broadchurch finale pulls in 8.7 million viewers as ITV mystery drama ends

Tracy Parsons, from Dorset Rape Crisis, which worked closely with Broadchurch's writer and producer, Chris Chibnall, said the programmes had shown there was support for people struggling with the legacy of rape.

Critics were broadly positive about the finale, but many criticised certain elements of the series as the whole.

Fans hailed its final plot twist and demanded a spin-off show of the West Country-set crime drama, starring Olivia Colman and David Tennant as the detectives hunting a sex attacker, which has been a huge critical and commercial success. "Series three was much better than its disappointing predecessor, but it never quite caught the public's imagination like its first run".

Writer Chris Chibnall admitted that even he changed his mind about who the culprit was after he started writing the script.

On Broadchurch's finite ending, one saddened viewer said: "I liked the simplicity of the ending but it all seemed so wrapped up and final that it made me sad".

The drama enticed 5.7 million viewers on Easter Sunday, up from an audience of 4.5 million the previous week and topping its 4.9 million average from season three.

"If he feels like he's got a film in him and a story that he's burning to tell then whether I'm in it, or whether I'm watching it, then it is a story that I can't wait to hear".

"David Tennant and Olivia Colman as the duo have managed to make us cry, laugh and really think - and left us wanting more".

Support also came from domestic violence campaign UK Says No More.

Rape Crisis England and Wales tweeted: "Ahead of tonight's finale, thanks to @BroadchurchTV & @juliehes for a sensitive & thought-provoking portrayal".

Chris Chibnall said he wanted to show "best practice" in dealing with rape cases after speaking to various rape charities and the police.

The third series closed with Michael Lucas, the son of cab driver Clive, being revealed as the rapist in the gritty ITV drama.

  • Salvatore Jensen