ITV’s new thriller Next of Kin kicked off last night – with mixed results.
Although a poll of more than 800 RadioTimes.com readers revealed that 69% enjoyed the show, online there has also been an outpouring of criticism and disbelief at the gaping plot holes in episode one. How on earth was Kareem ever going to make it home in time for a party that began even before he got to the airport?!
Somehow, Kareem was meant to make it to the airport in Lahore, through security, take a nine-hour flight, pick up his luggage, go through passport control and get to West London in the space of about 3 hours. His “welcome home” party was under way even before the plane left the runway. This made no sense!
Slightly confused. Family having a party for a man who is still in Pakistan 14 hours away? Even if he made his flight he wouldn't make the party? #NextOfKin
And another weird continuity error – how did Mrs Shirani get stuck in the lift to the flat if it’s actually at ground level…?
The episode opened with the grandmother finding herself trapped and calling Kareem for help before her son-in-law came to the rescue with the engineer. But somehow Mona could walk straight into the flat from ground level, and when the detective came a-knocking to deliver his bad news he was able to march right up to the front door with no fuss.
Does Next of Kin take place in another dimension where the rules of space and time are different?
Also… might have imagined this but when the police came around, was their flat ground floor? If so, why did the mother get stuck in the lift? 🧐 #NextOfKin
The mother got stuck in a lift at the beginning but when the police came round the door to the flat was on the ground floor? Unless the lift was actually the teleporter that the family use to get to and from Pakistan in record time? #NextOfKin
Some were also unhappy about the way this Muslim family was represented on screen – particular when (spoiler alert) it was revealed that Danny has dropped out of university and secretly legged it to Pakistan. Critics asked: why must every Muslim-focused drama come back to terrorism?
id love to have a bit of representation on the tele that had nothing to do with terrorism @itv#nextofkin
ITV’s new drama #NextOfKin goes out tonight and having watched the 1st episode on Friday, its been playing on my mind over the weekend. Another British drama where there’s a Muslim family so rest assured a storyline involving terrorism/radicalisation is not far behind.
Already gripped.Fine acting & script, and such a change for the majority of characters in a drama not to be white,and for a genuine attempt to be made to show a different culture with the same values (family,love,work etc).#moreincommon#NextOfKin
I think the bad guys have recruited Danny, but he doesn’t want to be a terrorist, so they kidnapped his dad and killed him and are now threatening to kill the rest of the family unless he goes ahead with a terror plot #NextOfKin