Broadchurch fans are narrowing in on suspects

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

It's only week two of Broadchurch, but some fans already think they've cracked the case.

With the investigation into the sexual assault of Trish Winterman (Julie Hesmondhalgh) now officially underway, Monday's episode introduced us to the first round of suspects.

Detectives Miller (Olivia Colman) and Hardy (David Tennant) haven't yet zeroed in on one specific culprit, but viewers are home think they've already figured out who committed the heinous crime. Let's take a look at who they're suspicious of (warning: NSFW tweets below).

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First there's smarmy Scotsman Leo Humphries (Chris Mason), who Hardy takes an instant disliking to (but viewers seem to like):

What was going on with Jim Atwood (Mark Bazeley) sinisterly sipping from that cup of tea?

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Obviously Trish's soon-to-be ex-husband Ian Winterman (Charlie Higson) is at the top of the list - his friendly demeanour isn't fooling anyone:

And that taxi driver Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto)? He's definitely not trustworthy, especially since actor Sebastian Armesto has already rumbled Poldark:

Let's not rule out Ed Burnett (Lenny Henry) either, since his own daughter DC Katie Harford (Georgina Campbell) isn't even sure she can trust him:

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Suspects aside, Broadchurch has once again earned applause for its depiction of sexual violence. This time, the heartbreaking scene earning praise was Trish telling her daughter she'd been raped:

The topic is clearly an important one for actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who said last week that she's often disappointed in the way sexual violence is depicted in TV dramas.

"I know there have been massive conversations recently about the televising of it and I have got fed up of it. I am absolutely sick of – even on programmes that I love – seeing young women being chased through woods by predators," she explained.

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"Seeing dead women on slabs being cut to pieces after terrible acts of violence have been enacted on them. And I think that's become so normal for us as viewers of television that we'll even happily sit and watch that with our young teenagers.

"I'd like to see that really overturned. I'm really glad that conversation has started. This can happen to absolutely anyone. It is not an act of sex, it is not an act of desire – it's an act of violence."

Broadchurch continues next Monday (March 13) at 9pm with DIs Miller and Hardy narrowing their search for suspects into this heinous crime.

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