Fans of Agatha Christie’s ‘whodunnit?’ style drama were left confused and wanting during the first episode of The Pale Horse on BBC One.
The hotly anticipated drama starring Rufus Sewell, Kaya Rose Scodelario and Sean Pertwee fell short of the mark for many viewers, with some saying they felt confused and bewildered, but others loved it and drew comparisons to The Wickerman.
The Agatha Christie classic was reimagined by writer Sarah Phelps, who has also worked on other dramatisations of crime books by the famous writer including And Then There Were None and Ordeal By Innocence.
The two part drama series, which focuses on Mark Easterbrook (played by Rufus Sewell) and a mysterious list of names, left many viewers confused.
They have little clue as to how the second part will wrap up the mysterious deaths and list of possible victims which includes Mark himself. Who wants him dead? And why?
Viewers of the 9pm drama on BBC One took to Twitter to ask for help to understand the spooky crime classic.
Is it just me or does anyone not have a clue what is going on 😂🤷🏻♀️ #ThePaleHorse
— Sakina L (@sakina_53) February 9, 2020
I’ve given it a shot, but naaa sorry. Turned it off. #ThePaleHorse
— Me (@BlownBulb) February 9, 2020
I’ve no idea what’s going on, but the cinematography is gorgeous. #ThePaleHorse
— Mike Flint from UK (@michaelfromuk) February 9, 2020
— Diane Grant (@GrantDiemgrant) February 9, 2020
@pilottvmag #palehorse the acting is good, but it’s painfully slow isn’t it? Doesn’t really feel like Agatha Christie either. Which is fine, I guess, but don’t hang it on being something it really isn’t, if it isn’t that.
— Bob (@bobsherfield) February 9, 2020
More than one viewer drew comparisons between the drama and the creepy film The Wickerman, especially due to the wheatsheaf and small village celebrations.
— em (@solarfeeling) February 9, 2020
One wrote: “Gorgeous concoction, reminiscent of Hammer’s The Witches, Night of the Eagle, The Wicker Man, some Absolute Beginners AND Primitive London all at once. Absolutely loving it.”
Another echoed their thoughts, simply stating: “Bloody hell #ThePaleHorse is a bit good. Strong Wicker Man vibes.”
— Darryl Webber (@HoracePecksniff) February 9, 2020
Rufus Sewell’s spending a lot of time changing shirts and if that’s vital to the plot, that’s fine with me.
Fans of 52-year-old actor Rufus Sewell weren’t left disappointed though with gratuitous topless scenes, which fans were quick to comment on.
One keen watcher said: “Rufus Sewell’s spending a lot of time changing shirts and if that’s vital to the plot, that’s fine with me.”
Another added: “Will never miss an opportunity to see Rufus Sewell on primetime telly.”
Despite not being completely sure of what the plot entailed, many viewers did praise the speed the storyline appeared to be moving at.
With the second episode expected to wrap up the questions surrounding the seemingly unlinked deaths, viewers can expect to get some clarity when it airs on Sunday February 16.
— Agatha Christie (@agathachristie) February 9, 2020
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