'Broadchurch' review: BBC America's crime drama does long-form mystery right

A child is killed. Two detectives, a man and a woman, take charge of the case. The investigation unfolds slowly, revealing lots of buried secrets along the way.That's a very basic description of "Broadchurch," an eight-episode drama series that premieres Wednesday (Aug. 7) on BBC America. It could also be a description of "The Killing," which just concluded an improved but still problem-filled third season on AMC. Where the two shows go from their common starting point, however, is vastly different -- and "Broadchurch" is much better for it.The series opens with the discovery of the body of a young boy at the beach in a small city on the English coast. Eleven-year-old Danny Latimer has either fallen or been thrown to his death from the cliffs above. DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant, worlds away from "Doctor Who") is assigned to the case along with DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), who has lived in Broadchurch...



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