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BBC viewers ridicule wardrobe blunder in period drama The Woman in White

Clothing branded "really inappropriate" in new Sunday night show

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Viewers have ridiculed BBC1’s major new Sunday night period drama The Woman in White after spotting “costume blunders”.

Laura, played by Olivia Vinall, was accused of wandering around in a “really inappropriate nightie” while Jessie Buckley’s character, Marian, flummoxed the audience by wearing trousers.

The five-part series, which also stars Charles Dance, Ben Hardy and Joanna Scanlan is an adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ gothic novel, set in the 1860s.

Laura in her “nightie” (Credit: BBC/Origin Pictures)

Many, though, believed the outfits were not faithful to the Victorian era.

One viewer said on Twitter: “I know Walter’s a bohemian fellow but him showing no surprise at all at Marian wearing trousers is a bit like someone today not being taken aback at a stranger walking around in her pants.”

Read more: Everything you need to know about BBC drama The Woman In White

Another asked: “How was she even allowed to wear trousers?”

Marian’s trousers baffled viewers (Credit: BBC/Origin Pictures)

People were equally baffled by the wardrobe department’s choice for Laura.

One asked: “I know how genteel laydees in mid 19th century England normally dress. So why is Laura floating about in just her nightgown? In front of Walter, too, shocking!”

“That nightie Laura’s prancing about in is really inappropriate for the times. Corset, underdress, overdress, top dress,” insisted another.

BBC1 show airs in prime Sunday night slot (Credit: BBC/Origin Pictures)

The debate about the finer details of the show, which the BBC publicised as “a haunting tale of insanity, identity and the role of women in society”, raged on Twitter.

Marian played by Jessie Buckley (Credit: BBC/Origin Pictures)

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The drama also divided viewers. Some heaped praise on the series while others claimed to have “nodded off” and said they wouldn’t be tuning in to episode two.

* The Woman in White continues on BBC1 at 9pm next Sunday.

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