It’s been a week since Broadchurch ended, and I don’t know about you but I’ve mainly spent the last 7 days thinking the same two things.
1 – Broadchurch had the most implausible court case ever
2 – What on earth am I going to watch now?
Luckily there are some great shows that are about to, or have only just, started that can help fill in the void that Broadchurch has left behind.
It’s safe to say that if you’re a Broadchurch fan, the main problem you’re going to be facing is what on earth you’re going to do with yourself at 9pm on Monday evenings from now on. Well, worry no more; the new series of Catfish has just started on MTV at that exact time. It’s like actual fate.
There may not be glancing moody shots over the beach, a distrustful neighbourhood or David Tennant getting angry, but if you want something detectivey (yes, I did just make that word up) then Catfish is ideal.
It’s all about finding out the truth behind online relationships. This normally involves someone who’s having an online relationship but has never actually met their partner. Nev and Max are the real life Miller and Hardy, trying to find out whether the person is who they say they are, or if they’re a lying swine of a Catfish.
Ok, the hosts might not be David Tennant, but Nev and Max are still pretty fit. And I don’t mean they can run marathons.
If unlike Broadchurch, you want your judges to know what they’re talking about, then the best thing you can watch right now, and indeed ever, is Judge Rinder.
Like a bitchy Judge Judy, he’s come out with possibly some of the best lines ever uttered in life, let alone in a courtroom. His greatest lines so far have included, “I can smell a lie like a fart in a lift darling,” “I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing near you,” and “Is that your Mum? Oh, you’re her sister? We all stumble on some unhappy lighting sometimes I assure you, do forgive me.”
And if his catty put-downs weren’t enough, because it’s a small claims court there are some fantastically rubbish cases. This has included a couple that turned up without any evidence, someone claiming money for a steam cleaner that was actually a mop and bucket and a wedding photographer who blamed bad photos on the bride’s bad wedding dress.
And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, he’s best mates with Benedict Cumberbatch and was even best man at his wedding. What.A.Ledge.
Charlie Brooker’s weekly wipe
Want something as intelligent as Broadchurch but with a little bit less death and misery? Then Charlie Brooker’s satirical look at the past seven days is likely to be right up your street.
Ok, he’s no Simon Button, but Charlie Brooker’s way of looking at life, together with Morgana Robinson’s amazing impressions of Russell Brand and Jake Yapp’s 90 second versions on classic TV shows, this is one of the funniest and cleverest shows around at the moment.
Want something a bit more serious and well, Broadchurchy? Then check out Elementary.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s an American Sherlock, therefore bound to be rubbish right? I admit that I thought the exact same thing in the beginning; after all I couldn’t name a single American remake that I’d actually enjoyed. But this is fantastic, in fact I MAY go as far to say it’s better than Sherlock.
Ok, Jonny Lee Miller is no Benedict Cumberbatch, but Elementary has actually kept more to the original Sherlock text, including a more in-depth look at his drug abusing past and his history with Moriarty.
What’s even better is Lucy Liu playing a female Watson. There’s no sexual chemistry or “will they, won’t they” between her and Sherlock which is a breath of fresh air in itself, and Watson holds her own in the show, often being the voice of reason. Basically she’s badass and has saved Sherlock more times than he’s saved her.
Plus it’s got to be better than the American remake of Broadchurch…yes that’s actually happened. David Tennant is in it. This is one of the few good things about it.
Still missing the Broadchurch cast? Then why not watch some episodes of Doctor Who? Half the cast have been on it at some point, and it’s only a matter of time until the rest of the residents start turning up in the TARDIS.
Don’t believe me? Well apart from the obvious Tennant, the following characters have been in Doctor Who.
- The priest
- Ellie Miller
- Claire Ripley (in both Doctor Who and Torchwood
- Jack Marshall (the newsagent from series 1)
- Danny Latimer’s grandma
- Olly Stevens (the live blogger with the face of a child)
- Joe Miller
Plus the actual creator of Broadchurch has written some Doctor Who episodes, including being the head writer on its spin-off Broadchurch.
Anyone else hoping the Daleks turn up in series 3?
Want the feeling back of screaming at the TV in disbelief/disappointment? Then GoggleBox is the perfect way to remember what it was like whenever you watched Broadchurch.
What are you watching now Broadchurch is over?
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