Broadchurch is today's Must See TV according to the Daily Mirror. Read what the paper has to say about the first episode below. The account may contain some minor spoilers.
Broadchurch - ITV1 9pm
The long Steadicam shot early on in this drama suggests that Broadchurch could have been twinned with Cheers.
It’s a town where everybody knows your name and Mark Latimer’s walk to work each morning is punctuated by hellos and good mornings to all the shopkeepers and friends he passes.
Even when a dead body is found on the idyllic beach, your immediate reaction might not be one of horror, but rather of wanting to visit Broadchurch as soon as possible – if you could only figure out what regional accent the cast were doing.
But make no mistake – this is a serious crime drama, not a travel brochure, and the cast is as good as you could wish for.
Heading up the investigation is DI Alec Hardy (a bearded David Tennant) who’s newly arrived under a bit of a cloud. There are murmurs of some kind of screw-up he made on a previous case and DS Ellie Miller, played by the fabulous Olivia Colman, is mighty annoyed that he landed the DI job she had been promised.
But DS Miller knows the dead boy and his parents (Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker) and is unable to remain entirely detached. Other players in the first episode include an ambitious young local reporter and Vicky McClure as a more ambitious national newspaper journalist.
Pauline Quirke also stars, though she doesn’t have anything to say tonight, preferring to stand by her caravan and take it all in.
If you can’t decide whether you should be watching Broadchurch or Mayday, both produced by Kudos, the answer is, of course, that you should be watching both. Thank goodness for set-top boxes.