Broadchurch pulls together a beautiful and believable story together in a British small town. The writing explores the almost normal characters in ways that breathe life, light and fuel curiosity. They become people you're more interested in knowing, or at least knowing more about. The series patiently explores the murder of an 11 year old boy in a classic crime drama way. Slowly pieces of evidence come to the fore, and characters inch closer to the spotlight. There are interesting twists, and secrets revealed of course, and various (realistic) facets to every character worth exploring.
My personal favorite is the sparing use of a slightly creepy psychic with a criminal record....almost a Deus ex Machina. The casting is near perfect. Incredible actors, none exceptionally beautiful, but all powerfully engaging in the right 'light' and this camera work is exceptionally good. Awesome show. Keep it coming!