In 2007 The Killing was first broadcast on Danish television. The series follows Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) and The Copenhagen police force as they attempt to unravel a murder case.
The series has since received cult status particularly in the UK, and in 2011 received a US TV remake. What I found particularly enthralling with The Killing was, unlike similar British crime dramas, it was spread over 20 episodes whereby the storyline didn’t simply focus on the actual murder, but expanded the depth of the story by introducing a focus on friends and family members; all of whom possibly have a reason to have undertaken the murder. The result was a dark, slow-burning, ever-twisting and highly watchable series that may possibly have had something to do with the style and plot of the latest ITV crime drama.
David Tennant & Olivia Colman star in Broadchurch as two investigating police officers. Tennant has a dark past that he has attempted to flee, while Colman holds a bitter grudge towards him after losing promotion to the newly arrived inspector from Scotland.
Broadchurch is a fictitious small coastal town of 15,000 people where everyone knows each others’ business and no one has reason to consider there may be a sinister underbelly beneath the surface. That is until the suspected murder of 11 year old Danny Latimer begins to take effect on a sleepy, quiet town in shock.
Spread over eight hourly episodes, Broadchurch doesn’t focus so much on the actual murder but the individuals, their stories and how the murder affects the community.
After watching the second episode of Broadchurch tonight I’m totally hooked and considering this may be the best new British crime drama for many years. So…whodunit?
Broadchurch is available on the ITV player & continues on Mondays, 9PM on ITV 1. Roll on next Monday!