Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

(2013)

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town.

The show is superb entertainment for such dour subject matter — so superb, in fact, it’s being remade for U.S. broadcast with the same male lead (former Doctor Who star David Tennant), but under the new name Gracepoint.

But why wait? Thanks to Entertainment One, the BBC America series’ self-contained first season can be consumed right now: eight episodes across three DVDs, each a gripping piece of the story’s puzzle: Who killed 11-year-old Danny Latimer? And why does everybody in town harbor huge secrets?

Tennant’s fish-out-of-water detective is great, but Olivia Colman (Hyde Park on Hudson) is even greater as local D.S. Ellie Miller. With very little fat, the narrative builds to a wallop that lets Colman act the hell out of it. — RL

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