Collateral and Trauma launched head to head in the TV schedules on Monday night, and although they were both very different they did have one thing in common.
John Simm was starring in both: in Collateral as David Mars and in Trauma playing grieving father Dan Bowker.
— steven smith (@thepieman55) February 12, 2018
TV Announcer 1: "Tonight on BBC2 9pm, #Collateral with John Simm."
TV Announcer 2: "Tonight on ITV 9pm, #Trauma with John Simm."
— Father Of Egon (@FatherOfEgon) February 12, 2018
However one of the mystery thrillers came out on top with viewers.
In a RadioTimes.com poll, Collateral was favoured over Trauma with 66.7% saying they preferred the Carey Mulligan police drama over the ITV three-parter, written by Doctor Foster’s Mike Bartlett.
The first episode of the BBC2 drama was a hit with viewers online too.
The first five minutes of Collateral are better than the whole eight hours of McMafia #Collateral
— John Doh (@lidlmix) February 12, 2018
— Samantha Jane (@Samalarrr0542) February 12, 2018
LOVED the first ep of #Collateral @billiepiper. I am hooked! So intrigued to see what's to come.
Also so cool to see three people from the world of Doctor Who (you, John and Carey) all in one show as you never actually got to be in Doctor Who together
Can't wait for the next ep!
— callum (@callumread_) February 12, 2018
Despite the tension, viewers couldn’t help be distracted by the crass treatment of a pizza delivered to Piper, prompting the actress herself to hilariously respond.
— Billie Piper (@billiepiper) February 13, 2018
What’s happening in #Collateral is passing me by because I’m still wondering why she threw the pizza on the floor. Seriously why did she do that?
— Sarah ???? (@CottomSarah) February 12, 2018
— Morgan (@Mostyn14) February 12, 2018
biggest mystery: why the hell she threw the pizza on the floor #collateral
— veri☕️ (@vintageadams) February 12, 2018
Trauma, meanwhile, had viewers gripped with the central performances from Simm and Lester.
Adrian Lester and John simm two of the finest make television actors we have! Already both putting in tremendous performances #trauma
— Paul Gibbons (@funkygibbons) February 12, 2018
But had viewers asking one big question…
Why isn't the dad asking the police about who stabbed his son? Why is he googling the Dr who tried to save the son? #Trauma
— Rav (@Raviola_K) February 12, 2018
I don’t get why he’s so bothered about a person not being able to save his son rather than being bothered about the person that stabbed his son???? I’d be out on the hunt and then deal with the doctor later! #Trauma
— Laura ✨ (@hellolaurax) February 12, 2018
Imagine your son being stabbed and you’re more mad at the surgeon, (who came into work, on his birthday) to try and save him than you are with the actual person who stabbed your son?!? #Trauma #IGiveUp
— Amy Cairns (@Amy_Zena) February 12, 2018
Collateral continues next Monday on BBC2, Trauma airs Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th February on ITV.