SPOILER ALERT: Rape victim Trish Winterman relives the fateful night of her attack as she returns to the scene of the crime on Broadchurch
Her performance as a traumatised rape victim has been highly praised by viewers so far.
And Broadchurch fans are only set for even more gut-wrenching viewing in the next installment of the series, as victim Trish Winterman returns to the scene of the crime.
In a new trailer for the upcoming episode, a devastated Trish, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, is seen joining DI Hardy and DS Miller at the mansion house where her assault took place - causing the fateful night to come flooding back.
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Bad memories: Broadchurch fans are set for even more gut-wrenching viewing in the next episode, as victim Trish Winterman (L) returns to the scene of the crime
The exciting new preview clip shows an overwhelmed Trish returning to the mansion venue of her friend Cath Atwood's 50th - where it was revealed in the first episode she had been raped.
Supported by Beth Latimer (Jodie Whitaker) and the two detectives (David Tennant and Olivia Colman), Trish is seen asking the group to stay close to her as she attempts to soak in the surroundings.
The footage then transforms into a flashback of the party, which sees a more upbeat Trish mingling with her guests with a glass of wine in hand.
Shock: In the new trailer, a devastated Trish, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, is seen joining Beth Latimer, (R) ,DS Miller (centre) and DI Hardy at the house where the assault took place
Reliving the moment: The footage then transforms into a flashback of the party, which sees a more upbeat Trish mingling with her guests with a glass of wine in hand
Having a ball: Trish is seen winking at her boss Ed Burnett (Lenny Henry) as she arrives at the party
She is seen winking at her boss Ed Burnett (Lenny Henry) and excitedly greets the birthday girl herself (Sarah Parish) - but her ex-husband looks on ominously, after revealing he had no recollection of the evening in the last episode, putting him forward as a central suspect.
Cutting back to Trish in the present day, Julie is seen sighing on camera as she admits: 'I was so happy that night.'
The beloved ITV series is only set to get more exciting in the fourth episode, with new DC Katie Harford also uncovering a new suspect, who fails to provide an alibi.
Happy Birthday! She then excitedly greets birthday girl Cath (Sarah Parish) - but her ex-husband looks on ominously, after he emerged as a suspect in the last episode
Overwhelmed: Cutting back to Trish in the present day, Julie is seen sighing on camera as she admits: 'I was so happy that night'
Meanwhile Cath reveals new and potentially incriminating information about her drunken bash, while the pair finally find a match for the male DNA on Trish - perhaps revealing the identity of her mystery lover the morning before the attack.
In another devastating twist, an unknown woman then arrives at the police station to deliver some shocking information.
Differing from its first two series, the third edition of Broadchurch follows a case of sexual violence, as opposed to a murder.
The much-anticipated series made its return to ITV last month, and drew in a whopping 7.5 million viewers with its debut episode - the highest number for a drama on the channel since Downton Abbey's finale in 2015.
Who did it? Differing from its first two series, the third edition of Broadchurch follows a case of sexual violence towards Trish (above) as opposed to a murder
Further clues: Hardy and Miller (L-R) also find a match for the male DNA on Trish - perhaps revealing the identity of her mystery lover the morning before the attack
Former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh has been met with huge praise from fans so far - penning her portrayal of a rape victim as both 'incredible' and 'authentic' on social media.
Despite going down a storm, Julie admitted she had been surprised when she landed the role on Woman's Hour earlier this month.
She explained: ‘What I mean is that I’m an ordinary middle-aged woman. We've all seen so many times the standard TV drama, the chase of the young woman through the woods, the fear.
'By even thinking about casting me, that was already interesting to me. You were looking at it as not an act of sex or desire but an act of violence and power, which of course it is.'
Broadchurch continues on Monday 20 March at 9pm on ITV
Back with a bang: The much-anticipated series made its return to ITV last month, and drew in a whopping 7.5 million viewers with its debut episode
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