It’s what AMC’s “The Killing” could have — and probably should have — been.
An 11-year-old boy is found dead on a beach, sending shock waves throughout a quiet community on “Broadchurch” (10 p.m. Wednesday, BBC America).
Mismatched detectives (David Tennant, Olivia Colman ) turn the town upside down searching for the killer.
The parents grieve viscerally. Shocking secrets are revealed. Lives are ruined.
Unlike “The Killing,” though, everything is tied up in eight episodes.
No fuss. No muss. No “see you next season.”
Even though, surprisingly, there will be a next season.
This is how a murder mystery should be done.
— CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE