While BBC One’s Broken has been praised for its gripping storylines and fine acting from stars including Sean Bean and Anna Friel, some viewers felt that a scene in last night’s episode was inappropriate in view of the recent London terrorist attack.
In the show, priest Michael Kerrigan (Sean Bean) had to console a grieving mother whose bipolar son was shot by local police.
“The @BBC got it so wrong showing this tonight,” wrote one viewer.
“Torture for the London Bridge victims. Bad judgement, very bad.”
Another viewer wrote: “Shocked that this programme went out tonight.
“With ?’s being asked about our superb #police it’s irresponsable [sic].”
Another wrote: “Tonight’s #broken featured armed police shooting someone with mental health issues? Oh dear.”
“#broken – this program [sic] is sick – shooting the boy who couldn’t see.”
However, Others were full of praise for the drama which tackles tough subjects.
“Jimmy McGovern’s #BROKEN on @BBCOne is a tough watch, but my goodness it’s wonderfully written, acted, directed,” wrote actress Rebecca Front.
“#Broken is a bleak watch, but McGovern and Sean Bean do put some real warmth and heart into the parish priest – mostly how I remember them,” wrote Twitter user Martin Douglas.