Mayday v Broadchurch

Which is the best/least worse?

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06/03/2013 at 09:45
This week British TV drama is represented by two very similar programmes on BBC and ITV. Both have children murdered at the very beginning, both are stacked with red herrings and both are set in small communities. Is anyone enjoying either one of them and what do they say about the state of British TV ?
Edited: 06/03/2013 at 09:46
06/03/2013 at 09:52

been following Mayday since it started - it's OK but not the best drama series around of recent times.  quite gripping and, as you say, lots of red herrings and seeming dead ends, and some very very strange characters.

in fact I have no real idea wtf is going on!!


06/03/2013 at 09:58
I never saw The Killing but some people have suggested they are trying to re-create a British version, hence the similar stories. I thought Mayday was bad but it wasn't anywhere near as bad as Broadchurch.
06/03/2013 at 10:02

Taped Broadchurch, and haven't watched it yet...

Been watching Mayday... When it finished last night Suzie asked me if I thought we had even seen the real killer yet ???

Has to be the most disfunctional village I have ever seen, Do the residents committe reject prospective buyers for being norma ?

I think Seth is the sanest person there

06/03/2013 at 10:06
Someone called it Brookside meets The Wicker Man. Everyone seems to hate each other and despise their spouses. Hard to find a single character you could care about.
06/03/2013 at 10:08

you could be right about Seth - on the surface, loopy as fuck, but quite sane underneath.

I have my doubts about lots of them but Malcolm and Gail's son (name??) is on my watch list - he's quiet but has a creepy air about him

06/03/2013 at 10:47
Something weird about a schooboy with a foppy haircut who looks about 25 being bullied by a blonde kid who looks and acts like Biff from Back to the Future.
06/03/2013 at 17:09
fat buddha wrote (see)

been following Mayday since it started - it's OK but not the best drama series around of recent times.  quite gripping and, as you say, lots of red herrings and seeming dead ends, and some very very strange characters.

in fact I have no real idea wtf is going on!!


What's going on is, a twin who was to have been the village may-queen (?) has gone missing. Is she dead? (No body has yet been found, she's simply a missing person.)

Her school locker had stuff in it that suggested she might have run away, not been killed.

IF she's been killed, the BBC have given us a range of suspects, so we are invited to decide for ourselves who the guilty party is, eg:

  • the property developer who has now hanged himself (the missing girl having been a thorn in his side) and whose widow and son are now being persecuted by some of the local community;
  • the next door neighbour ("NDN") or possibly his son, though the son doesn't seem very likely;
  • Steve or his idiot brother;
  • the policeman husband who had blood on his shirt which his wife washed off;
  • any other member of the cast you'd care to mention.


I've watched the first three episodes of this five-parter and thought it was very well done.

Edited: 06/03/2013 at 17:10
07/03/2013 at 12:26

Enjoyed the first episode of Broadchurch, but there are some common themes seen in current tv dramas

- the detective with a 'past'  - cue flashbacks and fuzzy moments

- his popular sidekick who wanted the top job - cue some rivalry

- the reporter from London who has already stolen a teddy bear from the memorial

(boo hiss etc)

I do like the family/close friend twists in the town i.e. the local reporter/dead lad's best friend both related to the female detective

...and unless he was Phillips Idowu he didn't fall from that cliff

07/03/2013 at 12:35
Bit of a Dr Who reunion going on with David Tennant looking like Action Man with his beard and Tom Darville looks like he might have more to do in future episodes.
07/03/2013 at 14:40

C McL - do you understand the meaning of the word irony??  


07/03/2013 at 17:26

Yes, but it's hard to detect in a non-vocal post.


You make a statement, you intend the opposite, who's to know?


I reckon Linus will have killed Hattie, possibly with a little help from Seth.

07/03/2013 at 17:38

nah - my money's on the one you least expect - Steve

or maybe someone else....

07/03/2013 at 17:39
The coppers elder daughter
07/03/2013 at 22:36
I only saw the first 3 instalments of Mayday... Does none care to tell me (a) what exactly went on, and/or (b) who the killers was? I'm assuming there was a killer.
07/03/2013 at 22:39
The Copper done it and the coppers wife tried to frame someone else but was looking like they might be foiled by witchcraft.
08/03/2013 at 09:13

nice twist at the end I thought and lots of unanswered questions

what happened to Seth after he was beaten up by Hattie's father?  what's happening to Gail?  etc

perhaps a Mayday2 to explore some of these??

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