Broken Compasses

'Broadchurch' on BBC America

If W. H. Auden were alive today, he’d be setting his TiVo to catch Broadchurch, the atmospheric, artfully methodical detective drama airing on BBC America August 7 through October 2. A hit in the UK, where it was the most Tweeted-about TV program ever, this eight-episode series is not edgy, innovative or—like so many mystery hopefuls these days—Scandinavian. Instead, it is a rounded-out version of a classic British...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.