In last week’s post, I mentioned that I couldn’t watch Broadchurch because, in it, David Tennant lacked his Scottish accent. I do not like to live my life in such broad and ridiculous judgments, so, my sentiments bothered me for the next few days. What sort of shallow, silly girl stops watching a show because she only finds the main character attractive if he’s rolling his r’s and blurrily calling people “little madam” in a slightly sassy way? Apparently me. Oh, add to that a script that is stunted and awkward, and one’s interest in a show goes to hell.
I eyed Broadchurch every time I looked at my Netflix queue over those days of questioning. Surely, I’m better than this. Friends, who have sensible and discriminating taste, liked the show a lot. Maybe I should give it another go. Maybe I was too hard on an American accented David Tennant.
I pressed play and was immediately thrown into a confusion. The first episode’s overall aesthetic was grainier than I remembered, while across the screen paraded cup after cup of tea and awesome English actor after awesome English actor. Many whom I recognized from London stage productions and Dr. Who.
I pushed pause. Wait. What was I watching? The Broadchurch I was writing about last week was a distinctly American show, David Tennant was talking like a cowboy and he had a sexy blond sidekick. This show had tea and people skulking about on rocky beaches and in back gardens. This Broadchurch was definitely English. Plus, the cinematography was gripping, and the acting and writing, beautifully nuanced.
I calmed my confusion with a quick google search. Apparently, I had mixed up Broadchurch with Gracepoint. Gracepoint is the American spin-off of Broadchurch. Both star David Tennant and center around the murder of an eleven-year-old boy in a sleepy beach town. It was Gracepoint, not Broadchurch, that had so bummed me out earlier this year.
Well…this show of tea and beaches and English stage actors could still bum me out. David Tennant had yet to grace the screen. I pressed play and rolled my eyes. I was holding my breath in anticipation. I am ridiculous to care about this…but, will he or won’t he?
Finally, David Tennant’s angular face, framed by floppy redish hair, appeared in a closeup shot. He glowered at the camera and opened his mouth….
I delightedly squealed.
YES!!! DAVID TENNANT HAS A SCOTTISH ACCENT!!!!
I made a huge mistake. I’m going to like Broadchurch after all.
Ugh…. Big David Tennant fan here… So, what did you think of the series then? I thought it was very well done. I personally couldn’t stop watching and watched the entire first season in two days!
I agree! The show was gripping and well acted. I also enjoyed Arthur Darvill’s character. David Tennant is great, he made me like Hamlet 🙂
Oh you’ve GOT TO BE kidding me. They made an American version, called Gracepoint, STARRING David Tennant, ONE YEAR after the original series? What the heck? Why do we, Americans, have to do this crap? Can we PLEASE STOP STEALING UK SHOWS and ruining them for F’s sake!
Yes, Gracepoint depressed me. For shallow reasons (like David Tennant not speaking with a Scottish accent) and not so shallow reasons (the poorly written script).