Broadchurch's Mark Bazeley: "All the women were abused"

Naomi Gordon
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From Digital Spy

Broadchurch star Mark Bazeley has reflected on the last series to profoundly point out that all of the women – not just Trish Winterman – were abused on some level by the deeply "dysfunctional" men.

The actor played wayward local mechanic Jim Atwood in the final installment of Chris Chibnall's acclaimed ITV crime drama, and described the shocking end conclusion as a "real cross examination of male sexuality".

"I thought it was plausible and in line with Chris's dissection of where we are with men and sex," Mark told Digital Spy on the finale.

"It was a very depressing outlook for the whole nature of sexual relations, how it has all been warped by the internet, and a lot of men are unable to process their feelings.

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"It seemed to be a real cross examination of male sexuality, and it was very interesting for that. Most of the men in it were highly dysfunctional, you could argue, sexual beings. There wasn't one decent relationship – not that one wants to become sanctimonious about it, [but] there wasn't a healthy outlook on women for any of them really...

"Women were being abused – not just sexually abused – but abused in the way they were loved, abused in the way they were thought of, and acted upon. It was that low level misunderstanding and behavioural traitory [against women] that was explored."

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Julie Hesmondhalgh's Trish is the victim of a brutal rape in Broadchurch, with David Tennant's DI Alec Hardy and DS Olivia Coleman's Ellie Miller assigned to solve the harrowing case.

The levels of treachery against the female characters went beyond that to also include Trish's estranged husband Ian (played by Charlie Higson) spying on her with a webcam he secretly installs in her laptop.

Meanwhile, Hardy's daughter becomes the victim of revenge porn after private semi-naked images of her are sent all round her school, and Jim betrays his long-suffering wife (played by Sarah Parish) after he has a fling with Trish behind her back.

Bazeley also added that the filming of the production was so secretive, only four people out of the crew knew who the killer was.

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"We as actors are drip fed new episodes," he continued. "You don't know – the strange thing is you don't know if you're speaking the truth or not.

"It's unlike anything I've done before... It's bizarre because it changes the way you act because you don't know if you are lying or not, so you do a couple of variations and the director choose one with that fits with whether you're guilty or not. I thought it was too obvious to be Jim..."

And dismissing any possibility of another series, or a film adaptation in the future, Bazeley added: "I think that's it that's the end. People are going to have to deal with it!

"And let it go out on a high."

Broadchurch series 3 and Broadchurch the complete series 1 – 3 boxset is released today.

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