Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'Broadchurch': TV review - David Tennant, Olivia Colman

 DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy

David Hinckley
7 August, 2013

Over on this side of the pond, we think of British TV dramas as sweeping, like “Downton Abbey,” or uniquely stylish, like “Sherlock.”

“Broadchurch” is simply a well-written, well-produced and well-acted murder mystery that’s a pleasure to watch.

It’s eight episodes long, which gives the producers time to spin a fascinating web of subplots and suspects after a young boy named Danny Latimer is found dead on the beach in the small English town of Broadchurch.

At one point or another, half the people in town come under suspicion, either as perps or for withholding information to protect their own secrets.

Secrets seem to be the primary currency of Broadchurch, which gives the show an intriguing undertone of uncertainty. We never quite know whether some small bit of peculiar behavior hides dark truth or just everyday neurosis.

The large cast features David Tennant as Detective Alec Hardy, who has moved to Broadchurch from the big city for reasons that only gradually unfold. His reluctant partner, Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), is a local cop who thinks she should have gotten Hardy’s job.

Title: "Broadchurch"
Network / Air Date: BBC America, Wednesday at 10 p.m.


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