Broadchurch is a British crime drama created and written by Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who, Torchwood).
A small and tightly knit Dorset town finds the body of a boy washed up on its beach. Quickly, both the police and the media descend on the bewildered town. There is tension within the police ranks as well. Detective Inspector Alec Hardy is the on point officer over Detective Sgt. Ellie Miller. Miller feels the case should have been hers and suspects systemic sexism blocked her way. Still, she must find a working relationship with the hard to know Hardy if the boy is to have any justice.
Suddenly under intense scrutiny and with unwanted attention focused on them, the dead boy’s family tries to assist in the investigation and deal with their own grief.
As the investigation goes on, more and more of the community of Broadchurch is brought into the investigation. The web of complex and sometimes strange relationships within the town make the discovery of the truth all the more difficult. And when a killer is finally arrested and put on trial, it threatens to expose even more secrets and tear the town apart.
The series has won near universal praise from critics and reviewers. The premier of the show brought in more viewers than any other series since 2009 and only two other series debuted with higher numbers since 2002. In addition, the series received seven nominations for BAFTA awards and won Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Drama Series.
For those who enjoy their police procedurals but would like to try one with a distinctly British flavor, Broadchurch delivers. Fans of stories that pry open the secrets of small towns should also look into the series.