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High praise for Broadchurch depiction of a priest

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03 May 2013

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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.

PAUL DENYER
21 Westfield Close
Hanham
Bristol BS15 3SB

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