New period drama Versailles kicked off last night, and very quickly started trending on Twitter. The drama, starring George Blagden and Alexander Vlahos, was the centre of some controversy before it aired, with certain critics dubbing its sex scenes and violence too graphic for a BBC audience.
But it’s fair to say viewers weren’t exactly left open mouthed by the show…
Where's the gratuitous sex? I was promised gratuitous sex #Versailles
— James Shaddock (@jpshaddock) June 1, 2016
Pretty people, lovely buildings, random bouts of unshocking sex and violence, no plot, poor dialogue. That about sums up #Versailles so far.
— Jane Johnson (@JaneJohnsonBakr) June 1, 2016
Sex, violence and men in wigs, Versailles, you're onto a winner.
— Anna (@a_mhv) June 1, 2016
#Versailles The most depraved and disgusting thing ever to be shown on British television. Really? Oh, please… Get over yourself.
— Robert Cashin (@robert_cashin) June 2, 2016
But some tweeters did still warn against watching with your parents…
Sex scenes, period blood, naked autopsy and now a graphic birth. Is there a Most Embarrassing To Watch With Parents BAFTA? #Versailles
— David Byrne (@mrdavebyrne) June 1, 2016
Versailles was amazing but my dad kept waking in during the frequent sex scenes so he now possibly thinks I'm into historical porn
— stephi (@stephistacey) June 2, 2016
As the episode aired, there was much discussion around Versailles’ stylistic choices:
#Versailles: the longest, most tedious Kings of Leon video ever made.
— Paul Whitelaw (@paulwhitelaw) June 1, 2016
#Versailles is great. It's like Wolf Hall but without all the words and thinking.
— David Wyllie (@journodave) June 1, 2016
But really most people on Twitter were just mesmerised by everyone’s long locks…
Who loved #Versailles? What fine manes of hair those gentlemen are sporting! Jealous much!
— Ruby Roberts (@kiss_manchester) June 2, 2016
Because you're worth it #Versailles
— Fiona S (@Fioooonah) June 1, 2016
I want whatever hair products those #Versailles boys were using.
— Lily T Niu (@lilytniu) June 1, 2016
— jim shelley (@jimshelley17) June 1, 2016
Sure, there were some who hated it…
How long did anyone else hold out in #Versailles? 10 minutes for me.
— Chris Astles (@Castles73) June 1, 2016
— Laura (Paws) (@Tea_tattoosPaws) June 2, 2016
Oh dear. Given up on #Versailles already. Quelle rubbish.
— Jamie Johnston (@JamieJohnston4) June 1, 2016
But Versailles definitely has fans…
Gorgeous first episode of #Versailles. Addicted already. They even use one of my favourite songs in the title sequence. Glorious.
— Antonia Oliver (@nia_oliver1) June 1, 2016
Because trashy, camp, historical nonsense has always been my weakness, I loved #Versailles last night 🙂
— Paula (@MsPMeyer) June 2, 2016
It was disgusting. Full of gratuitous sex, satin, and shoes. Can't wait for next week. #Versailles
— Val (@valpanna) June 1, 2016
Versailles continues on Wednesdays at 9:00pm on BBC2