Watch Broadchurch Online at Couchtuner . Alec is an experienced detective from the city who has recently arrived in Broadchurch, wanting a quiet life after a scandal-tinged work history, after having been involved with a major murder trial — in which the suspect was released free of charge after DNA evidence was found to have been tampered with. Initially he and Ellie are hostile to each other as he was chosen over her to head the investigation and due to their differing personalities and views. As the case drags on, his health begins to fail and he suffers a heart attack in Episode 6. He is divorced, and has a fifteen year old daughter who lives with her mother.