RIDLEY Road viewers were left reeling after the premiere episode of the new BBC drama.
Ridley Road follows the story of a young Jewish woman named Vivien Epstein played by Agnes O’Casey.
BBC’s Ridley Road drama marks the anti-Semitic groups in London in the 1960sCredit: BBC
It shows her journey as she goes undercover inside a fascist organisation in the 1960s.
The first episode showed the raw reality of anti-Semitism that was sparked by the neo-Nazi party in 1960s London.
In the swinging sixties, the Jewish community was a growing group in the Dalston area of East London.
After the end of WWII, neo-Nazis decided to move in and harass the Jewish residents by hosting intimidating rallies in an attempt to bring chaos and disorder.
The show has already evoked strong emotions within viewers as well as shedding a light on a traumatic historical event.
Viewers could not believe what they were seeing and were shocked to learn the story was based on real events.
“My word, Ridley Road on BBC1 is outstanding. Brutal, but brilliant,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
Another added: “B***dy hell, #ridleyroad is disturbing…shall definitely be watching the rest, fascinated and horrified at the same time.”
And a third wrote: “Uncomfortable, disturbing, evocative. Everything high quality drama should be.”
Rory Kinnear appears in the show as far-right movement leader Colin Jordan alongside Eddie Marsan who will portrays Soly Malinovsky.
The new drama was written by Sarah Solemani as a screen adaptation of Jo Bloom’s novel of the same name.
Ridley Road airs for four episodes on BBC One, Sundays at 9pm until October 24.
Episodes will also be available on the BBC iPlayer.
Agnes O’Casey plays Vivien Epstein who infiltrates a fascist groupCredit: BBC
She stars opposite Rory Kinnear, the leader of the fascist groupCredit: BBC
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