Last watched late 2015
DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) arrives back from holiday to find out that the promotion she had been given the nod for has been given to DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant), a broody police officer transferred there in the wake of a scandal surrounding a botched case. While recovering from this disappointing upset, the body of a boy is found and her next door neighbour and best friend’s son goes missing. She must now work with DI Hardy to find the perpetrator of this tragedy and bring them to justice.
The second season revolves around the subsequent trial springing from the investigation.
Never will you watch a more beautiful, clever and heartbreaking dissection of murder and a small town. The character development of Ellie Miller, in particular, is spectacular as she goes from being deeply integrated in her small seaside town to become a jaded, calculating, discerning police officer. The dissonance that this brings about in her — her identity and her place in the community — will rend your heart from your body.
All of the parts are acted with spectacular force. The writing is phenomenal, the plot appropriately twists and turns, the cinematography and direction are spectacular.
Pros: powerful woman lead, excellent, fully rounded female characters, decent representation of class
Cons: there could have been more people of colour in more prominent roles and there’s quite an empathetic spin on a character who married a 16 year old when he was in his 40s
Genre: crime drama
Approach carefully if: you have difficulty with grooming (child sexual abuse), child marriage, murder of a child, group abuse, media vilification, infidelity
Can be found: Netflix
Accessibility: subtitles 🙂