COME on, admit it... Who’s counting down the minutes and seconds until 9pm on Monday when the severely frayed ends of ITV’s fantastic murder mystery drama Broadchurch will – hopefully – be drawn together?

I’ve said it before, and will probably say it again, I am not a fan of ITV dramas – period or otherwise. But this has broken the mould and had me hooked.

Monday night TV usually passes me by as I’m regularly out, so the South West-set story gets extra credit for drawing me in to make this must watch telly for the past seven weeks.

The pace dipped for a couple of weeks, but the last three episodes have been excellent, leaving red herrings and hints as to who young Danny’s killer – or killers – might be. Stunning performances from cops David Tennant and Olivia Coleman, as well as the flesh-creepingly odd Pauline Quirke have helped drive the intricate plot.

None of the actors, reportedly, knew which one of them was playing the killer, so little can be read into suspicious expressions – beyond the fact that nearly every resident has at least one secret to hide. So theories are rife: Is it Tennant’s DI Hardy trying to resurrect his reputation, or dad Mark with a mystery two hours without an alibi on the night of the murder? What about nasty Nige, or under-the-radar Joe? I cannot wait!