BLOODLANDS viewers have been left baffled by James Nesbitt’s new BBC thriller, branding it ‘boring’.
Commentators flocked to Twitter to voice their opinion on the gritty drama which premiered on Sunday night.
Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt has been branded ‘boring’ by viewersCredit: BBC
James, 56, leads the cast as he takes on the role of Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick.
Watching the show, viewers were introduced to Tom as he finds what appears to be a suicide note in a car.
Before long he realises it could be connected to an old case he is inextricably caught up in.
The story is set in the fallout of The Troubles – a period of conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted around 30 years, from the late 1960s until the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
James takes on the role of Northern Irish police detective Tom BrannickCredit: BBC
The gritty thriller premiered on BBC One on SundayCredit: BBC
But before the first episode had even ended, one viewer asked: “how hungover did someone need to be before signing off on #Bloodlands ?!!”
Another added: “Bloodlands is boring the sh*t out of me. Disappointing from the BBC.”
A third commented: “Boring, rubbish script & some awful acting a bit like a day time drama.”
One complained: “God help us. What new hell is this? Impossible to take James Nesbitt seriously. Utter dross.”
Further commenting on the show’s slow pace, one Twitter user wrote: “There has to be something epic at the end of this episode to make this last 50 minutes even remotely worthwhile Smirking face #Bloodlands”
While others put down the filming style and said: “What’s happening with the camera work in #Bloodlands. I’m confused.
“Is this a drama or a documentary made by teenagers?”
And with Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio serving as executive producer on the new thriller there were several comparisons being made.
“Well #Bloodlands isn’t the new #LineOfDuty & it never will be,” said one viewer.
Nesbitt recently told The Sun’s TV Mag in an exclusive chat that not only did he love going back home to film, but relished in the fact Bloodlands will be shown in a “different context”.
“I’m loving being back in Belfast, I haven’t worked in Northern Ireland since The Secret ,” he explained.
Viewers struggled with the pace of the showCredit: BBC
While others complained about the camera workCredit: BBC
“And that in itself was one of the big attractions for me, to be able to come back and also for the first for Northern Ireland to be shown in a different context.”
He added: “Yes, the troubles are kind of part of it. But I think we’re showing Northern Ireland kind of the good things about the agreement, we’re showing people going out and celebrating – we’re not bearing witness a lot to the sort of the sense of fear in the community, because Northern Ireland really isn’t like that.”
Bloodlands, Sundays on BBC One, 9pm.