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'Broadchurch' episode five blog: Who killed Danny Latimer?

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Last night's (April 1) Broadchurch was heartbreaking viewing and the strongest episode since the series opener. A key suspect ended up dead, probably from suicide, the Latimers confronted their crumbling marriage head-on and the local community turned into a raging mob as Danny's murderer remains undiscovered.

Digital Spy has picked apart episode five to see if there were any hidden clues.

David Bradley as Jack Marshall in 'Broadchurch' Episode 5

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David Bradley in 'Broadchurch'



Clues and Suspects

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that Jack Marshall didn't kill Danny Latimer. Oh dear, it's too late.

Has Jack Marshall been murdered? Did he kill himself? Did he ever get it on with Danny Latimer's gran? Three burning questions we'll have to wait a week to find out, but it's safe to say now that he wasn't Danny's murderer.

His private life has been raked through by the press and he made a perfect bogeyman in a murder inquiry that isn't going anywhere fast, but Jack turned out to be a heartbroken innocent old man, who'd lost his own son at a young age. I must salute David Bradley for a brilliant performance, saving his best for this episode, which lifted what could have been a mid-series lull into a corking, emotionally-charged series highlight.

Away from the Jack Marshall storyline, very little progress was made in the investigation into Danny. Susan and Nige are still being very dodgy and Nige still has a crossbow in his boot. Tom Miller's going to explode at any moment with the secrets that he's keeping. And Arthur Darvill's reverend Paul Coates is still wandering around like a lost puppy.

Meanwhile, the only person who appears to be doing any police work is SOCO Brian. And even he is busy trying to get his end away with Ellie Miller.

David Tennant as Alec Hardy, Olivia Colman as Ellie Miller, Andrew Buchan as Mark Latimer, Jodie Whittaker as Beth Latimer, Charlotte Beaumont as Chloe Latimer and Susan Brown as Liz Roper in 'Broadchurch' Episode 5

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'Broadchurch' on ITV



While we're on the subject of Brian's flirting with Ellie, was that a small hint at something we don't know yet about her husband Joe (Matthew Gravelle) and perhaps some cracks in their homelife? I'm still not sure I can cope if it turns out he's the killer.

Sex was the main topic of discussion for everyone in Broadchurch this week. Annoying journos Olly and Karen had a one-night stand, DI Hardy tried his luck with foxy hotelier Becca Fisher and naughty teenagers Chloe and Dean shared a clifftop smooch. Nobody has cuddled up to Pauline Quirke yet, but give it time.

There's been something about Becca Fisher's role in the last two episodes to have me leaning towards her as a strong suspect. Her weird awkward moment with Hardy in the bedroom, her discovery of Hardy on the bathroom floor last week, her financial issues, her chats with the reverend; there's definitely something fishy about her. The only problem is a lack of alibi. I can't believe she'd have killed Danny for £500 or to keep him quiet about bonking her dad. No matter how many packets of crisps Beth might have thrown at her.

Olly has never really been considered as a real suspect, but the news that it was his dad's boat that got burned out at sea has thrown him into contention as a rank outsider. To be brutally honest, he seems far too stupid to have pulled off a murder, but with financial troubles at home, he can't be totally ruled out.

Olly's mother's scenes with Ellie, offering evidence on the murder in exchange for cash, were rather strange. They seemed out of the blue and may have been the reddest of red herrings, but they brought Ellie's homelife and connections to the case into focus again. I'm also wondering if Ellie's husband Joe could have used the boat. Hmm.

Adam Wilson as Tom Miller in 'Broadchurch' Episode 5

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Adam Wilson as Tom Miller in 'Broadchurch



Detective's Notebook

- Now Jack's dead, will we ever find out what was really going on with 'the postman' who rowed with Danny?

- I've been fairly lenient on the Broadchurch police department so far, but this week they took the biscuit. Nobody bothered to check Jack Marshall's criminal past, nobody appears bothered by the Susan Wright/Mark Latimer contradiction in stories, nobody appears concerned about Susan Wright's dodginess at all in fact, and most importantly no bugger has bothered to check the murdered boy's best mate's computer for info yet.

- There was no Will Mellor this week. I never thought I'd say this, but I missed Will Mellor.

- The super-strong cigarettes found near Danny's body may hold the key to his killer. Unfortunately, I can imagine just about everyone in Broadchurch having a cheeky habit for high-tar smokes. So it's not much help at all.

- Chloe Latimer is starting to grate. Her dodgy drug-dealing boyfriend can't be trusted and she's got blood on her hands now that poor old Jack's croaked it. Someone should stop her pocket money for a month until the stroppy madam gets a hold of herself.

- It seems that Beth's new baby does belong to Mark. And there was me blaming the randy reverend!

- Olly and Karen's "back passage" chatter. Wrong. Just wrong.

- I was pleased that DI Hardy brought up the timeline gaps in Mark Latimer's alibi. I thought I was the only person to notice. Those couple of hours may be very important.

- Has anyone checked out the alibi of Pauline Quirke's dog? He doesn't like kids and maybe it was him that brought back the skateboard. Throw me a bone here.

Who do you think killed Danny? Have we missed any vital clues? Let us know your theories below

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