Broadchurch already has a strong footing in Britain since the drama aired on ITV in March this year. The show’s promos touted The Guardian calling it “Britain’s biggest new drama since Downton Abbey” and Fox announced an American remake of the show is in the works to air in 2014 to 2015. The eight-part, whodunit mini-series created by Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who, Torchwood) made its way across the waters to the U.S. last week and is welcomed with opened arms by critics, who are describing it as a unique detective show with heart. It’ll keep you guessing until the end and it’ll even make you cry within the first few minutes of the pilot episode.
An idyllic, seaside town along England’s Dorset County coast—which is the type of safe and quiet place where everyone knows each other’s name—is rocked by the death of an 11-year-old boy, Danny Latimer, whose body is found on a beach below a cliff. Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Coleman) returns from vacation eager for her promotion, only to find out Alec Hardy portrayed by David Tennant (popularized by his role as the tenth Time Lord of Doctor Who) has snatched the Detective Investigator role in her absence. The unlikely team work together on the case. However, it’s not only the mystery of Danny’s murder that draws in the audience, but also the reverberation of death impacting a community.
The acting is exceptionally impressive across the board. Jodie Whittaker’s portrayal of Danny’s mother, Beth Latimer, coming to the realization her son is missing is heartbreaking and moving. Even Adam Wilson, who plays Miller’s son, Tom gives a stellar performance in his tearful talk with his mother about the death of his best friend Danny. Viewers are sucked into their captivating world and experience the emotional vulnerability of losing a child.
Within the first episode, the mystery unfolds, and almost everyone is looked at as a suspect. Even Danny has some skeletons in his closet. The second episode airs tonight on BBC America at 10 p.m. and the first episode can be seen in its entirety below on YouTube.