It really is a fine mystery series, with a Murder on The Orient Express-ish feeling that every single person in the town could have killed the boy.
This is a particularly twisted thing, since the victim isn’t some adult who made a bunch of well-deserved enemies, but he’s just a perhaps troubled kid.
Every single person questioned practically sneers at the investigating detectives. They’re all very guilty of something!
I did not watch the original series so I’m not making constant comparisons. I enjoyed David Tennant as Who so I’m happy to see him another role. He is very good. I haven’t seen (nor am I likely to watch) Breaking Bad so I don’t know Anna Gunn at all, but I’m liking her more as we go along and she sees the case as a detective must rather than as a townsperson and friend.
The original series ran 8 episodes and this is 10. Broadchurch has been renewed for a second season. People seem to go out of their way to be grumpy about Gracepoint, so we shall be so lucky.