13 april 2012

Let’s talk Broadchurch timeline inconsistencies (not complaining just rambling)

One should NOT tempt me to talk about time-wimey stuff in Broadchurch - my feeble brain can’t resist to spill out all its crazy thoughts. @penfairy’s recent post and also @jalola298 post have prompted me to go down the rabbit hole… I apologize for a rambly and lengthy post.

Okay let’s talk Broadchurch timeline inconsistencies… First of all I wanna say that this is one of my pet peeves about the show and I have brooded for hours and hours over these inconsistencies while writing fic… and yes, I am insane and totally pedantic about it so bear with me… this contains spoilers…

1. Pippa’s and Daisy’s age

  • Pippa was murdered in the night from April 14th to 15th 2012 (that’s the date of the wedding the Gillespie’s went to); she is 12 years old at that time (so her year of birth is either early 2000 or late 1999). In May of 2014  - the time of the restaurant scene with Ricky - Pippa might have been 14.
  • Daisy’s age is stated as 15 years twice in the series – during dinner at the Miller’s and during the restaurant scene when Ricky shows up
  • The dinner happens much EARLIER in the series than most people think (including myself until I figured it out) – the Miller dinner is happening on the evening on Wed 7/24/13 – the reason why we know this is when Jocelyn interrogates Susan Wright she gives a date for the break in at the ECHO; therefore the dinner happens only 6 days into the investigations (this also matches the reconstruction happening the day after in Ep 5 “one week on Thursday”, exactly a week after Danny was murdered) (that also means that Ep 1- to beginning of Ep 5 spans only 8 days of the investigation)
  • The restaurant scene happens most likely end of May (Joe’s trial start 5/14/14).
  • Now the only way Daisy can be 15 years old in both July 2013 and May 2014 is if her birthday is in June. She would have just turned 15 in June 2013 and about to turn 16 in June 2014. That puts her birthdate sometime in June 1998. She would have been 13 in April of 2012.
  • So that makes the girls at best 1 year if not almost 2 years apart.
  • That doesn’t match Hardy’s statement they were the same age unless we are lenient and say that 12 and 13 are sort of close enough in age to say it’s the same.
  • If we didn’t have Daisy’s age as 15 in July 2013 things could work out better, but they are close enough in age I guess to justify Hardy’s statement of “same age”.

2. Beth’s Pregnancy

  • If Beth knew in mid-end July 2012 that she is pregnant, the earliest she could have conceived is mid-end June; more likely she conceived mid-end May, but let’s say it was mid-June 2012.
  • That puts her due date mid-end MARCH 2014. She gives birth in mid-end May.
  • CHIBNALL!!!!!!! What were you thinking?

4. Tom’s and Danny’s age

  • Danny is born in May 2002; that means Beth was pregnant in the later part of 2001
  • In the stand Ellie states that Tom is thirteen years old; that would put his birth year either early 2001 or possibly late 2000
  • A few moments later in the same scene, Ellie says her and Beth were in the same NCT group (that’s a birthing class for those who don’t know); if Tom is born early 2001 (anytime before May) Beth and Ellie could not have been feasibly pregnant at the same time
  • Again – CHIBNALL!!!!!! (he clearly needs some education about lengths of pregnancies)

3. Other inconsistencies

  • Claire states on the day of the plea statement that she has been in Broadchurch for 7 months; counting from July 2012 seven months down brings us to January, at best February of 2014.
  • There is NO way the plea hearing is happening in January or February – it’s a beautiful late spring, early summer day; also Beth is preparing for the birth of the baby which she probably wouldn’t much earlier than maybe 2-4 weeks prior to due date. So, that then takes us maybe to mid-end April.

4. General timeline considerations for each series and the overall story (and this is where it gets rambly under the cut)

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So poor Freddie Grey....poor innocent chap...

March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault

January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing

January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute

December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute

December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance

August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing

January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana

September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape

April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation

July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute

March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance

March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute

February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance

August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation

August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana

August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance

July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts)

Yeah, real fucking “innocent” eh???