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High praise for Broadchurch depiction of a priest

03 May 2013


From Canon Paul Denyer

Sir, - At least nine million of us - counting those who watched on the night and those who recorded it - have been riveted over the past eight weeks by ITV's Broadchurch. We might take encouragement from the depiction of the C of E.

The Vicar, although briefly a suspect - and an unmarried recovering alcoholic to boot - emerged not only as not the killer, but as a focus of hope in the traumatised Dorset community.

The closing words from the pulpit commending forgiveness, despite his own doubts, were powerful television. The drama dealt with sensitivity and a lack of knee-jerk reaction with child abuse and the lust for revenge, and ended on a note of hope and optimism.

If you're looking for faith in the darkest times and the rehabilitating of the parish church, Broadchurch was an excellent exemplar.

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