The Responder viewers praise Martin Freeman's "exceptional" performance
The new police drama made its BBC One debut last night, with the actor impressing fans with his stellar performance as a cop on the edge.
BBC One drama The Responder kicked off last night, with Martin Freeman starring as a Liverpudlian response officer who struggles to balance his high-pressured job with his own personal life.
While the five-parter is set to continue tonight before returning on Monday next week, viewers already had a lot to say about the drama, which was written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher.
RadioTimes.com readers were particularly impressed with the Sherlock star's performance as Chris Carson, with viewers describing him as "excellent".
"Martin Freeman is (as always) exceptional," one viewer wrote on Twitter. "Really loved the cinematography and sound work too, can't wait for the next one."
Viewers also praised the Hampshire-born actor's Scouse accent, with many saying his voice was "so authentic".
"It is great acting acting by Martin, his accent is so authentic and the storyline promises to be so different from the typical cop shows we see," one viewer wrote. "I can’t wait to see the next episode. I am a born and bred Scouser so can appreciate Martin's accent. I give him 10/10."
While another said: "Brilliant! The writing, the acting, the casting and Martin Freeman totally pulls off a scouse accent, I know am a scouser!"
The Responder marks author and screenwriter Schumacher's first TV project, and one fan lauded as a "top notch drama" and exactly why they "pay [their] licence fee".
Episode two of the drama airs tonight, with Freeman teasing that the next instalment sees Chris's troubles "escalate".