North American TV Critics React To Broadchurch

Broadchurch starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill was previewed by BBC America at the Television Critics Association Press Tour this morning. The eight-part series which follows the murder of a schoolboy in a sleepy seaside town in south-western England is the creation of Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall

Previews were followed by a Q&A session with cast members Olivia Colman (DS Ellie Miller), Jodie Whittaker (Beth Latimer) and David Bradley (Jack Marshall).

During the panel, North American TV critics and writers tweeted an extremely positive response to the series:

Brett Whitmarsh @Timebrat (WCSH/WLBZ)
 I'd like to also point out that #Broadchurch is the finest drama you will watch all year. Starts in August on @BBCAMERICA.

Robert Bianco @BiancoRobert  (USA Today)
 Get your DVR's primed for @BBCAMERICA 's 'Broadchurch,' coming August 7. With 'Breaking Bad,' the best thing you'll see this summer.

Jason Lynch @jasonlynch  (Editor and writer)
 Up next, #Broadchurch. Started watching screeners this morning and was sucked in immediately. Outstanding stuff. 

Amber Dowling @amber_dowling  (TV Guide Canada)
 #Broadchurch up next. As far as murderous cop pilots go, this one wasn't bad. Like #TheKilling, but British. And with #DavidTennant 

CandaceHavens @CandaceHavens  (Columnist)
 Broadchurch is heartbreaking and brilliant. 

Todd VanDerWerff @tvoti  (The AV Club, LA Times)
 To have enough red herrings, #Broadchurch employs a lot of great British actors.

Gwen Reyes @ReelVixen  (TV and film writer)
Buy the tissues in bulk for #BROADCHURCH premiere on 8/7 on BBCAmerica

Matt Roush @TVGMMattRoush  (TV Guide magazine)
Next up at #TCAs13: BBCA's brilliant, shattering #Broadchurch (8/7) reviewed in new @TVGuideMagazine (only my 2nd "10" score of summer).

Lisa Marchbanks @Lisa_Marchbanks  (Freelance writer)
David Tennant has the serious Doctor face throughout the entire season of #Broadchurch 

Tiffany Vogt @TVWatchtower  (
Astoundingly actress Olivia Colman's performance in #Broadchurch outshines co-star David Tennant. That's hard to do! 

Tiffany Vogt @TVWatchtower
Arthur Darvill also gets a chance to shine in #Broadchurch and #DoctorWho fans will love his new role. 

Ellen Gray @elgray  (Philadelphia Daily News)
Why I love English actors: "We were all very aware that we were pretending," says #Broadchurch star Olivia Colman of intense role. 

TV Tango @TVTango
If your a fan of THE KILLING you're gonna love BROADCHURCH even better, it's not raining in every scene. @BBCAMERICA

Eric Deggans @Deggans  (Tampa Bay Times)
So much of impact of BBC's #Broadchurch is about the writing; it's really hurting #TCAs13 panel that writer isn't here.

Lacy Baugher @LacyMB  (WETA)
Broadchurch is legitimately the best thing I've seen all year. Run, don't walk! :)

David Wiegand @WaitWhat_TV  (San Francisco Chronicle)
#olivacolman confirms #broadchurch will come back. You'll want to know that in about 10 weeks. Trust me. @BBCAMERICA

Broadchurch premieres on Showcase Canada on August 4th at 10pm ET/PT and on BBC America on August 7th at 10pm ET/PT