Broadchurch Finale Celebrations – Olafur Arnalds in Bridport!

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A few weeks ago in February, Broadchurch fans were getting ready to find out the answers to so many questions – Would justice be done and Joe Miller be found guilty? and What did happen in Sandbrook? to name just two. My friend and I had discovered the perfect way to enjoy the finale night – by spending it in Broadchurch itself, Bridport to be specific, enjoying a concert by series composer Olafur Arnalds, followed by a screening of the finale! It’s taken me a while to post this review, but as the Broadchurch DVD is now out to buy I thought why not post it now.

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It was my first trip to Dorset and I wasn’t disappointed as the scenery was beautiful, despite the blustery weather on the Monday! First things first was to visit all the locations in West Bay, which was a short walk (or bus ride) from Bridport. My friend had been to some of the filming of series two, so she was able (and more than willing) to show me all the sights – the newsagents exterior and the sea brigade HQ from series one, the police station, Jocelyn Knight’s house, DI Hardy’s waterside home and the iconic cliffside, which is now so intrinsically linked to this brilliant ITV drama series. It was lovely to be in the very place that would be on ITV that evening and I’ll certainly be back in sunnier weather.

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The iconic Broadchurch cliff!

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Who lives in a hut like this?…Alec Hardy!

It was soon time to make our way to the Electric Palace in Bridport for the evening’s celebrations. It was a lovely old-fashioned venue, which was packed with crew and locals, clearly very proud of the show that has brought worldwide attention to their little town. Creator and writer Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker (Beth Latimer) were also in the audience. The night before, Olafur Arnalds had sold out the Barbican Hall in London and yet he’d specifically requested the addition of Bridport to his current tour, as he wanted to finally visit the place that he’d spent so much time composing for. He jokingly said it would have been so much easier trying to know the tone for the music if he’d come sooner!

It was soon time to make our way to the Electric Palace in Bridport for the evening’s celebrations. It was a lovely old-fashioned venue, which was packed with crew and locals, clearly very proud of the show that has brought worldwide attention to their little town. Creator and writer Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker (Beth Latimer) were also in the audience. The night before, Olafur Arnalds had sold out the Barbican Hall in London and yet he’d specifically requested the addition of Bridport to his current tour, as he wanted to finally visit the place that he’d spent so much time composing for. He jokingly said it would have been so much easier trying to know the tone for the music if he’d come sooner!

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Olafur Arnalds (far left) & musicians on stage

We were then treated to 80 minutes of Olafur’s unique music, which uses synth alongside string instruments amongst others to create incredibly haunting and powerful music. His music is perfect for Broadchurch once you hear it, as it’s so atmospheric and the concert had been conceived in such a way as to maximise the effect of his music on an audience, through the added use of light and smoke effects. It was certainly unlike any musical concert I’d experienced before.

During the set, we heard musical pieces that have become so iconic to the series, including Beth’s Theme (renamed Jodie’s theme for the evening), and the hauntingly beautiful opening theme, which sounds so much like waves crashing against the sand and hearing it not far from that location was brilliant. In addition, Olafur was also joined by Arnor Dan, who is the voice behind Broadchurch’s two theme songs So Close and So Far, who it was joked really doesn’t like the ITV lady who talks over his 30 seconds of fame at the end of each episode!

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Olafur Arnalds & Jodie Whittaker on stage before the screening of the finale

As well as music from the series, Olafur and the musicians also played music from his previous album For Now I Am Winter, of which I particularly enjoyed the haunting Old Skin. He ended the concert with a song from an earlier album (Living Room Songs) called Lag fyrir ömmu, which in English means “Song for Grandma”, as he explained his grandmother had been his biggest supporter and he wanted to write a song in her memory. As someone who has recently lost my grandma, I found this a particularly moving piece and the staging choice for it was perfect – the other musicians left the stage, leaving him alone to play the piano, even when the string section of the music begins, lending a beautiful atmosphere of being able to hear them somewhere in the distance accompanying him, before they fade away leaving him to end the piece and for the lights to dim. It brought a tear to my eye and is something I won’t forget.

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Broadchurch on the big screen!

It was then time for the episode to begin after a short break. I always think it adds something extra to watch something for the first time with a group of people who are fans of it too and the room was certainly excited to see how the mysteries would be resolved. We were quite a behaved audience, as I thought there may be a few more vocal reactions to the episode, but other than some shocked gasps at the verdict everyone was fairly quiet. The episode ended to a round of applause and cheers to the news that Broadchurch would indeed return for a third series. This can only be good news for the residents of Bridport and West Bay, who no doubt are benefitting from people like us coming to visit their little seaside town.

Olafur was more than happy to sign CDs afterwards and pose for photographs. He seemed to be a genuinely friendly, funny, lovely guy. I’m so pleased I was there to enjoy this one off evening, as well as to finally see that now iconic cliffside. It’s definitely somewhere every Broadchurch fan should try and visit!

Broadchurch series 2 is now available to buy on DVD and Bluray. Olafur Arnalds music, including the Broadchurch soundtrack, can be purchased via all the usual music retailers.

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