Viewers were in tears after watching new Sean Bean drama Broken

Jimmy McGovern’s hard-hitting new series was a tough watch for some

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After being postponed last week in the wake of the Manchester bombing, Jimmy McGovern’s drama Broken finally made it to TV last night – and it’s safe to say its delayed debut still made a real impact.

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The story about a priest, played by Sean Bean, who had been abused as a boy and was now trying to help a poor northern community, touched the hearts of viewers around the UK, as did Anna Friel’s performance as a single mum struggling to look after her children.

Overall, then, not a dry eye in the house.

Of course, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, with plenty of fans having fun wondering whether star Sean Bean would continue his habit of dying unexpectedly in various screen roles.

But despite those few laughs, Broken was mainly an emotional ride for all those watching – and well worth the wait.

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Broken continues on BBC1 next Tuesday