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Broadchurch's terrifying depiction of parental grief already has me gripped
From a masterfully choreographed single-take sequence in which a plumber walks down the high street of a seaside town, cheerily greeting characters who will all figure later, one can tell that Broadchurch (ITV1) is something that will stand out, even in the glut of good drama that has lately made going out in the evenings seem a rash choice.
By the time its central horror unfolds – a 10-year-old boy, discovered to be missing, is found dead on a beach, at the foot of cliff – you can see how unremittingly grim it's going to be. Few police procedurals have been as unsparing in their depiction of parental grief – raw, all-consuming and, frankly, terrifying.
- Tim Dowling
ITV's new crime drama Broadchurch was the big ratings winner on Monday night (March 4), overnight figures reveal.
Over 6.15 million (25.2%) tuned in for the opening instalment with an extra 716k (4.4%) switching on to watch on +1.
BBC One's similar crime series Mayday dropped to an audience of 4.3 million (17.8%) in the same time slot.
Earlier, the 1000th episode of A Question of Sport amused 4.18 million (16.5%) on BBC One at 8.30pm.
On BBC Two, University Challenge entertained 2.78 million (6%) at 8pm, while Food and Drink collected 1.97 million (6.2%) at 8.30pm. The Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance pulled in a respectable 1.79 million (7.43 million) in a competitive 9pm slot.
Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies was watched by 1.57 million (6.5%) at 9pm with an extra 360k on +1.
Meanwhile, Channel 5 picked up 853k (3.54%) for Robson Green's Extreme Fishing Challenge at 9pm, »
Harrowing new drama with an impressive cast including Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker. A young boy is found dead on a beach, throwing the residents of a small seaside town into panic and suspicion. Tennant is the detective with a past brought in to investigate, Colman the local copper struggling to separate work and her real friendships. Nicely done, but not one for parents of a nervous disposition, as it's basically your worst nightmare turned into an eight–part series. Jnr
- Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold, Martin Skegg, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs
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