We just finished watching this on BBC2 and were gripped by it.
The story is a slow burner, but the case of a missing, pregnant, 12 year old develops episode by episode with the finger of suspicion changing direction as new evidence comes to light. This investigation becomes a mirror to the soul of the lead detective, Robyn, and her journey to find the girl is also about finding herself.
This series touches on a lot of issues to do with family, sexuality, community, justice, identity and survival. These themes are as ruggedly presented as the landscape in which they are set. It explores the damage unconstrained, alpha, father-figures can do not only to women and children but in shaping a violent, misogynist, culture amongst younger men.
The narrative, the characters, the performances, the sense of place and the cinematography are all masterfully crafted. Elizabeth Moss' portrayal of Robyn was riveting. But it is the atmosphere of this drama as a whole which takes it to the next level. It is simultaneously beautiful and foreboding, sympathetic and repellent, uplifting and horrifying. It is uncomfortable, but brilliant, viewing.