Ben Hardy's The Woman in White premieres to mixed reactions

The Woman in White debuted on BBC One on Sunday night (April 22) and it’s fair to say viewers were thoroughly divided.

The five-part miniseries is the third television adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ classic novel (the first was in 1982 and there was also a 1997 movie starring The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln) to make it to screens.

And, as was inevitable, episode one premiered to mixed reactions.

But what an opening line, eh?

This adaptation stars Ben Hardy (EastEnders, X-Men: Apocalypse) as Walter Hartwright, a teacher who has a startling encounter on Hampstead Heath with a woman who has escaped from a lunatic asylum.

He later takes up a position as a drawing master in Cumbria, but as he falls in love with one of his pupils, he discovers a connection between her family and the strange woman’s troubled past.

The series also stars Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Jessie Buckley (War & Peace, Taboo) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) – but was the first episode any good?

Some thought so:

Others, not so much:

Until next week then, lads.

The Woman in White continues next Sunday (April 29) on BBC One.

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