Broadchurch (and five of the best love/hate partnerships on TV)
ITV's crime drama series Broadchurch has earned itself some loyal fans since its first season debuted in 2013. With the second series arriving on DVD next week (March 16th) and a third already in the pipeline, it looks as though Chris Chibnall's murder-mystery has plenty more to offer us yet.
Set in the sleepy, fictional Dorset coastal town from which the series takes its name, Broadchurch is as much about how a close-knit community reacts to a murder as it is about the murder itself. Where the first series' focus was on finding the killer of the 11-year old Danny Latimer, series two follows the resulting trial in all its grisly details, as well as delving into the unsolved case that has been troubling Detective Inspector Alec Hardy for so many years.
The second series has seen some impressive additions to the cast, not least in Charlotte Rampling, who takes on the role of prosecution barrister Jocelyn Knight. Without A Trace star Marianne Jean-Baptiste also appears as her opposite number Sharon Bishop, while fans of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood will also recognise Eve Myles, who appears as Claire Ripley, a witness under Hardy's protection.
Broadchurch has been praised for its smart writing and the excellent performances delivered by its talented cast, but the real key to the show's success is the brilliant anti-chemistry between the show's two main investigators, Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, and there's plenty more of that in series two. In Hardy & Miller, played brilliantly by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, Broadchurch has delivered one of the best on-screen partnerships we've seen on British television in a long time.
For those who held off from watching the series on TV in favour of tearing your way through the box set in one go, you'll finally be able to get your hands on it next week, but in the meantime we've picked five more of the best love/hate partnerships that television has to offer.
(You can also watch the trailer for Broadchurch's second series below...)
Fox Mulder & Dana Scully (The X-Files)
Vince Gilligan's series following an FBI agent assigned to investigate cases of the paranormal owes as much to the on-screen chemistry between Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as it does to the show's bizarre, sci-fi story lines. Rumour has it that Duchovny and Anderson didn't get on at all well behind the scenes, but the on-screen pairing of Mulder's driven obsession and Scully's scientific skepticism makes for brilliant anti-chemistry. Throw in the kind of sexual tension you could cut with a knife and you've got a recipe for one of the best love/hate partnerships in TV history.
Sherlock Holmes & John Watson (Sherlock)
As one of the most the most televised characters ever created, Arthur Conan Doyle's eccentric detective has had a number of incarnations, but nobody has quite nailed the relationship between him and his sidekick Dr. Watson in quite the same way as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have managed to do in Steven Moffat's Sherlock. Cumberbatch presents a more insufferable and arrogant version of the detective than we're used to, countered perfectly by Freeman's permanent exasperation. The result is pure television magic, as any fans of the series will know.
Jesse Pinkman & Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Having already given us Mulder and Scully, Vince Gilligan is a man with some impressive previous form when it comes to chemistry, but with cancer-stricken teacher Walter White and his meth-smoking sidekick Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad brought us a different kind of chemistry altogether. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are a pretty unlikely duo, but that's what makes this partnership so compelling and as Walter transforms from the meek and brilliant chemistry teacher to underworld drug kingpin, the pair become unwillingly but inextricably bound together. We've said it before, but this is essential, must-watch television.
Richard Richard & Edward Hitler (Bottom)
Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson's duo may have plenty in common, but Hammersmith's biggest losers never miss an opportunity to beat the living daylights out of each other. Ostensibly they may be mates, but both of them will happily take every chance to get the upper hand on the other. Unpleasant? Yes. Childish? Most defeinitely. But, thanks to the pair's brilliant comic timing they brought us some of the best slapstick comedy we've seen from a TV duo since Laurel & Hardy.
Ruhst Cole & Marty Hart (True Detective)
Although the news that Matthew McConnaughey and Woody Harrelson will not be reprising their roles in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto's brilliant crime drama series will leave fans wondering if season two can replicate the first season's sucess, while it lasted Rust Cohle and Marty Hart were one of the best detective partnerships on TV. Cohle's unorthodox brilliance and Hart's steady pragmatism combine to deliver an on-screen partnership that's not so much love/hate as it is hate/hate, but if ever proof were needed that you don't have to get along to form a brilliant working partnership, look no further than the pair from True Detective.