How did BBC drama The Split fare in the court of public opinion? Screenwriter Abi Morgan’s new series about a family of high-flying female divorce lawyers has split viewers, with some ruling in favour of the first episode – and some already declaring their intention to break up with the show.
The drama stars Nicola Walker as Hannah, who has left the family firm to join one of their competitors. That, of course, has massive implications for her relationship with her mother and sister – and things get even more dramatic when their long-lost dad (Anthony Head) turns up after an absence of 30 years.
Not everyone was a fan of episode one.
I didn't rate #TheSplit. Too many family lawyers, too many sisters, far too much info dump. But I did like Nicola Walker's blue pencil skirt and white jacket.
How absolutely awful was #TheSplit? Could they not at least have tried to make family members look like they shared some common genes. Totally lacking credibility and a waste of a good cast. I laughed out loud, but not in a good way.
I have to say on the first viewing of #thesplit that the BBC are not helping to portray the work that the family solicitors do day in day out in dealing with divorce and child arrangements. It’s not a patch on Silk although I may be biased as I work in Chambers #familylaw
Many viewers were also left frustrated when key parts of the plot were told via text message – but for those without giant TVs, the words were too small to read. (For the record, Hannah’s attractive Danish colleague texted asking if she was awake. And, as she lay next to her husband Stephen Mangan, she replied “yes”.)
Modern TV pet hate: characters sending each other messages that you can’t flipping read! No idea what was going on in the last couple of minutes of #TheSplit
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