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