Nicola Walker and Sean Bean returned in the BBC drama (Picture: BBC / The Forge / Rory Mulvey)
Viewers of BBC’s Marriage have been left divided over the second episode of the drama, with some branding it ‘slow’ and others appreciating the realism.
The drama is undoubtedly different for a lot of viewers, offering a spot of realism and a slow-burn to fans who might be a bit more used to twists and turns around every corner.
The second episode saw Ian (Sean Bean) and Emma (Nicola Walker), a couple who have been married 27 years, going through ups and downs, including Ian becoming suspicious of one of Emma’s co-workers.
While some appreciated the programme, others insisted it was too slow and simply dull.
‘It’s excellent. Feels like a play. Draws you right in. Ian’s unhappiness at losing his place in the world is straining them as is her dad and her own feelings about her career and wanting to do well. Now, if we can just get rid of the daughter’s vile boyfriend,’ one fan wrote.
Another added: ‘Yes #marriage has a horrendous theme ‘tune’ but the programme itself is great!!! Touches on very true to life subject matters. I love it.’
‘Everyone piling in and having a go at #marriage needs to get a reality check!’ one more said. ‘The point is, it’s real life and anyone not relating to that needs to sort themselves out. Life is ups and downs, and arguments over nothing. All relationships go through this. Silence can tell a story.’
However, others weren’t as convinced.
‘Just watched 2nd episode of #Marriage on #BBC with #NicolaWalker and #SeanBean,’ one viewer said. ‘First episode was awful, but thought we’d give 2nd episode a shot, given the calibre of actors. Second episode was awful too. Total, utter pointless drivel. As captivating as watching a tap dripping.’
Some fans were delighted by Nicola Walker and Sean Bean’s performances (Picture: BBC/The Forge/Rory Mulvey)
‘Sorry, but it’s very slow. I don’t find watching real life exciting- I live it! I prefer to be entertained and to have a bit of escapism. The title music is as irritating as nits,’ another said.
One more added: ‘Gave it a second chance to see if it developed but no more – it’s dull, boring, awkward and excruciating to watch. So disappointed. Nicola Walker has been brilliant in everything else I’ve seen her in so I was really looking forward to the series but just don’t get it.’
Marriage’s writer-director Stefan Golaszewski recently explained that the show’s original scripts were reworked with the actors in mind.
‘Marriage is a show about a couple and how they get through things together,’ he told BBC Blogs.
‘I guess I’m trying to write about what it is actually like to be a person instead of what it is like on television or in fiction.
‘Casting Nicola and Sean was great as I was able to rewrite the scripts with them in mind and strip away as much dialogue as I could, knowing I had two amazing actors who could do all that for me, which I prefer. I like having as few words as possible for a scene.’
Marriage continues on Monday night at 9pm on BBC One.
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