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 @jalola298post 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
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
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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