Was the music in Howards End too loud?

BBC1's new period drama has drawn criticism for its “screeching” and “inane” music


Howards End is the latest show to come under fire after some viewers found its background music so loud it drowned out dialogue.


The BBC1 adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel began on Sunday night, starring Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen. 

But after criticisms were levelled at Blue Planet II last week for its overbearing score, many viewers have been left disappointed by the “screeching” and “inane” music in Howards End, a period drama that centres on class divisions in England at the start of the 20th century.

Many people found that they couldn’t hear the dialogue, and some gave up watching altogether…

Although there were others who had no problem with the background score:

What did you think? Did you struggle to hear the dialogue over the music? Or do you think the soundtrack complemented the drama?

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Howards End continues on Sunday 19th November at 9pm on BBC1