Doctor Who veterans Chris Chibnall, David Tennant and Arthur Darvill migrated over to ITV tonight for the launch of the new murder mystery drama Broadchurch. Chibnall wrote it, Tennant played the lead role – DI Alec Hardy – and Darvill had a brief appearance as the local vicar. However, Broadchurch is darker and gloomier than anything these three encountered during their time on Doctor Who.
Hardy (Tennant) was tasked with solving the murder of a young boy. Assisting him in the investigation was his professional rival DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). Miller’s son was close friends with the murdered boy and her nosey nephew is a hack for the local rag. The questions for Hardy and Miller are which of the town’s odd ball residents killed the boy and why?
The all-star cast also included Andrew Buchan (Garrow’s Law) and David Bradley who will soon have a Doctor Who connection of his own when he takes on the role of William Hartnell in a drama about the creation of the BBC’s flagship show. Given the quality of the cast, it’s not surprising that Broadchurch is a tense, and captivating piece of TV drama. Within the genre of contemporary mysteries, ITV seem to have knocked the BBC off it’s perch as the “place for drama.” Based on part one, this may well be even more intriguing and full of twists than ITV’s other recent mystery drama The Town.