April 23, 2013

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'Broadchurch': This British Murder Mystery Will Be Your Next Television Obsession (Jace Lacob, Apr 22, 2013, Daily Beast)


Created by Chris Chibnall, Broadchurch is, in many ways, a homegrown response to the riveting Nordic Noir television trend, which has captured the imagination of U.K. viewers in a very unexpected and palpable way. Like Forbrydelsen before it, Broadchurch focuses on both the police investigation--embodied here by churlish Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and eager-to-be-liked Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman)--and how Danny's family copes in the wake of such monumental grief. ITV's Broadchurch--which was deemed "another jewel in the channel's drama crown" by The Independent--has proven to be a huge success in its native Britain, luring in roughly 9 million consolidated viewers, putting it on par with the massively successful Downton Abbey.

Everyone is a suspect in Danny's death, from the cheerful local vicar (Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill) and the grizzled newsagent (David Bradley) to Danny's own father, Mark (Andrew Buchan). Secrets have a way of spilling out in a murder investigation, and Broadchurch does a fantastic job of charting the numerous atomic explosions that follow in its wake. Everyone in the idyllic seaside town has something to conceal, something they're running from, a terrible past that they're looking to forget. Even Danny, the poor dead boy at the center of the story, seems to have harbored some terrible secret, one worth killing him over. Just what that is--and whodunit--remains the overarching plot that carries an electric current throughout the action.

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