Channel 4’s new drama The State has divided viewers.
The C4 drama – which follows a group of British Muslims who have been radicalised and go to Syria and join Islamic State – had been controversial even before it launched on Sunday night.
Writer and director Peter Kosminsky defended his reasons for humanising IS fighters, and argued that The State would help people to understand the nuance of a complex issue.
He had said that the C4 drama would “confront the fact that terrible things are done by people who are not inherently evil”, although many viewers criticised the broadcaster for airing the drama in the wake of last week’s terror attack in Barcelona.
— Niki and Dylan (@NikiYAndDylan) August 20, 2017
— Alicia Kearns MP for Rutland and Melton (@aliciakearns) August 20, 2017
Channel 4 showing a glorifying image of joining Daesh after we hear today a 7 year old boy was killed by them. Sickening #thestate
— Louis (@LouisGibson97) August 20, 2017
— Andrew (@theorphanmoon68) August 20, 2017
Some felt the drama was “glamourising” radicalisation…
— Cry Partisan (@CryPartisan) August 20, 2017
Looking forward to C4's next commission "Heroes of the IRA" & "The SS – why it wasn't their fault". Bravo ????#TheState
— Moe Mumbles (@careful_now0) August 20, 2017
Others, meanwhile, praised The State and argued that the series was “eye opening”…
— Louise Benson (@loubenson32) August 20, 2017
— Nix (@ColourMeNix) August 20, 2017
However, some viewers who did enjoy it added that it would have been more useful to have a drama which delved into the past of those who are radicalised, to try and find out what drove them to make this decision in the first place…
Thought #TheState was compelling & well researched. Would've liked to have seen more of the character's UK lives & why they decided to leave
— Sean Arbuthnot (@Sean_Arbuthnot_) August 20, 2017
I think it would have been better if we saw their lives BEFORE they joined, find out what made them want to travel in first place #thestate
— Maaiysa (@Maaiysa) August 20, 2017
The State continues on Channel 4 at 10pm tonight