‘I don’t believe I can watch’ following the ‘disturbing’ debut of Ridley Road.
RIDLEY ROAD aired on BBC One on Sunday evening to mixed reviews, with most viewers finding the episode unsettling.
The onscreen adaptation of Jo Bloom’s novel, Vivien Epstein (played by Agnes O’Casey), debuted on BBC One after considerable anticipation, with Vivien Epstein (played by Agnes O’Casey) taking center stage. However, as the episode progressed, viewers flocked to Twitter to express their discomfort at seeing scenes of Neo-Nazi organisations.
“Uncomfortable, frightening, evocative,” Milominder said on Twitter. It’s everything a good drama should be. “Knocks the scumbag submarine into a cocked hat.” “I know it’s a drama and its history,” user Demita said, “but god this is so uncomfortable, I don’t think I can watch another episode.” Vivien was living with her parents in Manchester, where she was getting ready to marry, when the event began.
She took advantage of the chance to flee to London, where she was on a quest to track down her ex-boyfriend Jack Morris (Tom Varey).
Jack was revealed to be a spy for a hidden gang of Jewish anti-fascist activists throughout the episode.
He spent his time leaking information to Jewish militants, and Vivien became involved, eventually being enlisted to infiltrate bigots for the anti-fascist resistance.
With protests in Trafalgar Square, fans witnessed civil upheaval develop around the country, shedding focus on the country’s troubling history during the 1960s.
“Ridley Road is a pretty wonderful debut,” some viewers tweeted to the author. A touching and at times unsettling book about conditions in the 1960s East End.” Older ladies chanted “take our nation back” in one horrifying scene, and the episode even incorporated historical video from the 1960s for context.
Samantha, a Twitter user, wrote: “#Ridley Road – fab!” “It’s uncomfortable, but it’s great.” “Ridley Road blimey, shaping out well but very unpleasant – Lots of parallels to today, sadly,” Helen wrote on Twitter. The show not only featured film, but it also depicted a Nazi-inspired protest that took place in Trafalgar Square in the summer of 1962.
Sarah Solemani, a Jewish actress, spoke to The Guardian about the rally ahead of its release.
“Police officers surrounded Trafalgar Square, paid to preserve Nazi propaganda under the guise of freedom of expression, warding off the chorus of boos,” she said.
“The boos were uttered by anti-fascist groups, who, when such demonstrations became violent, as they frequently did, would normally. “Brinkwire Summary News”.