Fox's eagerly anticipated Gracepoint aired last night but for anyone British in the audience the whole experience smacked of déjà vu – and not in a good way.
The repurposed US version of Broadchurch played out like a shot-for-shot remake of a show that frankly didn’t need to be made again so soon.
Remakes are supposed to offer something new, take Fargo or Sherlock which have put a new spin on an old favourite.
Pretty much everything was the same. The actor starring as murdered schoolboy Danny Solano looked like the spitting image of Oskar McNamara, who played Danny Latimer. While the forensics bloke had the same hairstyle as the one from Broadchurch. The only difference was that there was an English woman instead of an Aussie as the town’s hotel owner.
Those bemoaning David Tennant's American accent are wrong, yes, it seems odd to us Brits, but it's fine. Perhaps he should have stuck to his native West Lothian inflections but it doesn't stick out or distract from the story.
Meet the cast of Broadchurch 2
Meet the cast of Broadchurch 2
1/12 Broadchurch 2 cast
The Broadchurch 2 cast read through Chris Chibnall's 'brilliant' new script ahead of shooting
2/12 David Tennant
He's been making the US version of Broadchurch (Gracepoint) but Tennant has been confirmed to return for the second series in Dorset. The former Doctor Who star plays DI Alec Hardy in the crime drama - but will his troubling heart problems get the better of him this time around?
3/12 James D'Arcy
James D'Arcy, known for Cloud Atlas and Hitchcock, is another new face for Broadchurch series 2. Executive producer Jane Featherstone has promised he will be a 'thrilling and important' addition
4/12 Olivia Colman
Fresh from her Best Actress win at the 2014 TV Baftas, Colman will be back as DS Ellie Miller for the second series of Broadchurch. Her character has been re-invented by Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn but Colman insists she is not 'really cross' at her stateside replacement. Colman has read the first few scripts of Broadchurch 2 and says they are 'brilliant'
5/12 Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Black British actress Jean-Baptiste, pictured here in James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, is a new arrival on Broadchurch. Creator Chris Chibnall said he would have 'wept for months' if she had turned down a role that was specifically written with her in mind. Jean-Baptiste is set to make an 'indelible impact' on the show, apparently
6/12 Charlotte Rampling
Veteran film and TV actress Charlotte Rampling will play a new character in Broadchurch, with details being kept as hushed as possible, bar that her role will be 'integral'. 'There's none more exceptional than Charlotte' said creator Chris Chibnall
7/12 Jodie Whittaker
Whittaker will reprise her role as Beth Latimer, mother to murdered 11-year-old schoolboy Danny and friend of Ellie Miller. She was in attendance at the 2014 TV Baftas to receive the award for Best Drama Series for Broadchurch
8/12 Eve Myles
Torchwood and Frankie star Eve Myles is set for a central role in Broadchurch 2 but once again, details are being kept heavily under wraps
9/12 Arthur Darvill
Arthur Darvill will be back as local vicar and recovering alcoholic Reverend Paul Coates
10/12 Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is known for her work in several acclaimed stage productions and is described as being 'on the way to superstardom' by Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall
11/12 Andrew Buchan
Andrew Buchan will return for Broadchurch series 2 as Danny's father Mark Latimer. Mark was one of the first suspects in the hunt for Danny's killer
12/12 Meera Syal
Meera Syal, who is renowned as a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me, will have a "pivotal" role in series 2
His partner in crime, Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn is great and plays off well with Tennant's Emmett Carver. Yet there is still a longing for Olivia Colman's softer DS Ellie Miller.
It's difficult for a British audience not to be naturally protective about Broadchurch and at times it is hard not to compare Gracepoint to the original ITV hit.
Creator Chris Chibnall has promised a different ending to keep things compelling and perhaps this is the selling point for British audiences.
There are 10 instalments of Gracepoint compared to Broadchurch's eight, so who knows how the show will veer off and change direction. Let's hope it does keep us on tenterhooks until the very end.
Either way, it's still an intriguing whodunit, even if it is like watching Broadchurch in a parallel universe with better-looking people and nicer weather. But perhaps we shouldn't write it off after one episode, despite it being a near carbon copy of the original.Reuse content