John Simm and Emilia Fox’s new ITV thriller Strangers has begun – but when it comes down to the details, viewers have been left scratching their heads over a bunch of small (but significant) niggles.
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The series stars Simm as academic Jonah Mulray trying to unravel the mystery of his wife’s death in Hong Kong, but viewers were initially more concerned about an extremely valuable gift that Jonah gave to his wife.
The gift in question? A first edition of Jane Eyre, which university lecturer Jonah bought (HOW?) and then wrote in (WHAT?) and then gave to his wife, who for some reason didn’t say anything about him vandalising this beautiful book.
(For those wondering, a first edition of Jane Eyre is worth about £40,000.)
— Suzy Robinson (@suzyrobSoprano) September 10, 2018
He bought her a first edition of Jane Eyre and then VANDALISED IT BY WRITING ALL OVER IT? No, Mr John Simm character. No! #Strangers
— Fiona Hanrahan (@NTS_Fiona) September 10, 2018
Hang on. A university lecturer manages to get hold of a first edition of Jane Eyre? And then writes in it? You what? #Strangers
— Mark Stockwell (@Mark_Stockwell) September 10, 2018
Other viewers were quick to point out some of the “performances” by the extras…
— Harsh_Review (@ReviewHarsh) September 10, 2018
Viewers were also bemused by Jonah’s inability to charge his phone, or even locate a charger in the first place.
— MΔΓK PΓΞSTΘΠ (@Mark_hcfc) September 11, 2018
So you get told your wife has died. You then book a flight, pack your bag, and fly to Hong Kong. You don’t check your phone for messages or pack a charger!? Really?? #Strangers
— Mark Williams (@markreddevil07) September 10, 2018
Now I know why John Simms character was struggling to find a phone charger in Hong Kong…..it’s one of them magic phones that allows you to replay just the last five seconds of a voicemail.#strangers
— Van Wolfwinkle (@wolfwinkle) September 10, 2018
Strangers episode one was definitely action-packed – but it left some viewers reeling:
Your wife died then you find out she was living a double life and you were her 2nd husband then after all that the barman at the hotel doesn't have a charger and then you go to ya room and a man punches you in the face #Strangers pic.twitter.com/lm06CCvnhV
— that guy who hates it all. (@chrisjlatimer) September 10, 2018
What a first day in Hong Kong. Imagine Jonah’s review on TripAdvisor #strangers
— matty mac (@MattyAzkalero) September 10, 2018
…And asking a lot of questions about Megan’s double-husband situation, and what Jonah’s doing in Hong Kong in the first place.
But perhaps the rest of the series will give us some answers?
But why did the consulate get in touch with Jonah if she already had a legitimate husband in Hong Kong? #Strangers
— Old Nicodemus (@oldnicodemus) September 10, 2018
#strangers If David’s the husband then why did Jonah have to identify the body?
— Marie Holt (@MarieHolt50) September 10, 2018
— skyerenaee (@SkyeRenaee) September 10, 2018
Strangers continues on Mondays at 9pm on ITV
This article was originally published on 11 September 2018