Last night viewers ventured into the home of serial killer John Reginald Christie for the first episode of the new BBC1 drama Rillington Place.
The retelling of the tale Yorkshire-born strangler (played by Tim Roth) – who killed eight women in his Notting Hill flat – and his wife Ethel (Samantha Morton) provided a look into the dark mind of a mass-murderer. So dark, in fact, that some viewers couldn’t see what was going on.
— Kirsty Christmas (@ChristmasKirsty) November 29, 2016
However, some viewers on RadioTimes.com’s Facebook page thought it added to the drama…
As well as the darkness on screen, other viewers claimed the struggled to hear Tim Roth’s creepy whispers…
— The Ranger (@Ranger6719) November 29, 2016
Somebody give 'em a bloody throat lozenge so I can hear what they're saying. #rillingtonplace
— john graham (@spinnerjohn) November 29, 2016
I've struggled along now for 45 minutes, not worth it when I can't hear a damned word and know the ending. I'm bailing. #rillingtonplace
— Maria (@MariaErrington) November 29, 2016
Although others liked the historical accuracy of Tim Roth’s mumbles (John Christie said he lost his voice after a mustard gas attack in The First World War).
— #teamkirst (@katrine61966) November 29, 2016
But others were still unimpressed, finding the drama too slow to unfold.
45 minutes and nothing has happened. Great actors. Boring script. Switching off. #RillingtonPlace
— Dave James (@DaveJamesOnAir) November 29, 2016
However, the series has clearly provoked many responses, with some celebrating Tim Roth and Samantha Morton’s “acting masterpiece”.
#rillingtonplace – an acting masterpiece from Tim Roth and Samantha Morton – sinister gripping and disturbing – fabulous !!!!
— Moira Wilson (@kennysmo) November 29, 2016
I recommend #rillingtonplace. I almost didn’t watch because story so bleak. Tim Roth and Samantha Morton are masters. We are lucky to have.
— Alison (@Axle_Tree) November 30, 2016
So, what was YOUR verdict on the show? If you’ve got an opinion, leave it in the comment box below.
Rillington Places continues 9pm next Tuesday