The Powerful Team Of Tennant And Colman Is The Telegraph's Critic's Choice

Broadchurch is the TV Critic's Choice of the Day according to the Daily Telegraph. Read what the paper has to say about the first episode below. The account may contain some minor spoilers. 

CRITIC’S CHOICE: Broadchurch
ITV, 9.00pm, tonight

Chris Chibnall’s new eight-part crime drama is set in the imaginary Dorset village of Broadchurch, and the opening moments cleverly draw us into local life with a flurry of news and gossip. It is first thing in the morning and the Latimer family – father Mark (Andrew Buchan), mother Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and stroppy 15-year-old daughter Chloe (Charlotte Beaumont) – are rushing to work and school. No one has seen 11-year-old Danny, but he’s probably on his paper round. For DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) the day begins with the news that she has been passed over for promotion. Her new boss, DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant), arrives under a mysterious cloud. He keeps insisting that he was “exonerated”, so why are there concerns about his fitness to lead the enquiry when Danny’s asphyxiated body is discovered on the beach? Chibnall builds a convincing portrait of a strong community where everyone knows everyone else – and then adroitly introduces a gnawing worm of suspicion. Director James Strong – like Chibnall and Tennant a veteran of the BBC’s Doctor Who – resorts too often to slow-motion at moments of tension, but the powerful team of Tennant and Colman makes for gripping viewing.
Jane Shilling

Source: The Telegraph