After a week of our poll being live online, it's been revealed that over half of our readers (57%) polled thought that the second series of Broadchurch was "excellent", and they really enjoyed watching the show.

Olivia Colman as Ellie Miller / Credit: ITV

Olivia Colman as Ellie Miller / Credit: ITV

Just behind with 30%, some said that it was "OK - a bit hit and miss", whilst 13% said that it was "awful" and should have ended following the first series.

This comes after writer and creator of the show Chris Chibnall spoke out to defend the second series from its critics, claiming that extensive research had been done into the world of law to ensure that everything on-screen was realistic and within the realms of humanity.

"Before we started to plot or write, we researched trials of the past 20 years and attended criminal proceedings. Alongside a respected police adviser from the first series, we brought on highly-qualified, experienced and practising members of the legal profession.

"Critics argued the defence wouldn't be allowed to suggest Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan) as an alternate killer. Our advisers were - and remain (I checked) - adamant on this: if they were defending, they could and would run this approach. Others thought the cross-examination of Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) in the witness box was unrealistic: our police adviser told me, after watching: 'I've been there, that's exactly what it's like'. Of course, in the legal profession, every opinion is open to argument. But we were not cavalier."

Broadchurch will return next year for a third series, with David Tennant and Olivia Colman already confirmed to be on-board with the show.

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