Radio Times TV editor Alison Graham has hailed Broadchurch as, "about as good as TV drama gets," and last night's tear-jerking episode certainly didn't disappoint.
Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan's portrayal of parents Beth and Mark Latimer - who experience every parent's worst nightmare when their son, Danny, is found dead on a beach in suspicious circumstances - was unbearably sad. Meanwhile David Tennant and Olivia Colman's on-screen chemistry as the police duo tasked with finding Danny's killer whilst struggling to forge a professional working relationship jarred fittingly with the drama's bleak setting.
In yesterday's episode we saw the police uncover Danny's body before embarking on an investigation punctuated by growing interest in the case from the press.
In next week's instalment the drama moves inside the church with vicar Paul Coates (Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill) presiding over his local congregation and the press. Meanwhile, shady character Steve Connelly is introduced – a telephone engineer whose special connection with the case lands him in hot water.
Check out some preview photos of the second episode below...