Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
When the much-anticipated new BBC America drama series Broadchurch premieres on August 7, viewers will see something a little bit familiar: a multi-part series focusing on a single murder case, a la AMC’s The Killing or ABC’s Twin Peaks back in the day. But what they won’t get is teased or betrayed by a show that doesn’t give a satisfying conclusion, as plagued the American version of The Killing. “If I put all of my effort into watching a show and I get no reward at the end, it annoys me,” admitted Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman during a TCA session this morning. “In fact, it annoys me enough to not want to bloody well watch the next one. And I don’t think I’m alone in that. I think I’m a fairly average sort of litmus at that.” Broadchurch — created and written by Chris Chibnall — is an eight-parter that has taken the UK by storm since running on ITV this year. It’s set in a quiet seaside town following the shocking murder of a young boy, focusing on the impact the crime has on the community where everyone becomes a suspect. It’s the most tweeted-about UK drama ever and set off something of a “Who shot J.R.?”-style frenzy as it progressed. But again, the stars want everyone to know that the series won’t be leaving viewers high and dry for their time investment. There will be resolution. “Chris wanted to conclude it and wanted to reward people who went on this honest journey,” Colman added. The showing of a clip from the series held even the generally blase’ critics in the room fairly spellbound and moved.