19 October 2020 12:35
BBC's new drama Roadkill premiered on Sunday night - and fans are saying the same thing about the show. The political drama follows Hugh Laurie as Peter Laurence, a ruthless politician who will do whatever it takes to make it to the top. While viewers enjoyed the show, plenty pointed out that there were a number of inaccuracies throughout the episode. MORE: Meet the cast of new BBC political thriller Roadkill One person wrote: "Oh God, the errors in #Roadkill are spoiling it for me! A minister walking off into the distance, alone, carrying a red box, piled up with work - never!" Another added: "Just one point that was wrong in #Roadkill.
No minister would be allowed to walk home with a red box." WATCH: Hugh Laurie stars in the new BBC drama Have you been enjoying the new series so far? The official synopsis for the new show reads: "Peter Laurence is a self-made, forceful and charismatic politician. Peter's public and private life seems to be falling apart - or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. "As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. The political drama stars House actor Hugh Laurie With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize?" MORE: Fan reactions are here for Anna Kendrick's BBC show Love Life MORE: 7 must-watch new shows and films coming to Netflix Speaking about his role to Metro, the House actor explained: "The story is in some regards about the price he is prepared to pay to get to the top position and the price that he forces everyone else to pay, principally his family but also those who pledge their loyalty to him.
In the first episode he goes toe to toe with Prime Minister Dawn Ellison (Helen McCrory), after a libel court case threatens to destroy his reputation within the Conservative Party. However, viewers were not convinced after the drama's first installment, as one fan said: "It's always tedious wading through a continuous stream of anti-Tory bias dressed up as drama but this was boring as well. While another fan added: "Surprise surprise, @hughlaurie's new #Roadkill is anti-Tory propaganda. It's always tedious wading through a continuous stream of anti-Tory bias dressed up as drama but this was boring as well. #Roadkill — JP (@JP_IAWL) October 18, 2020 This is dull as dishwater so far #Roadkill — Russell (@Rustybobs) October 18, 2020 I'm struggling to maintain interest in this despite the good cast. Probably won't continue watching the rest of the episodes unless I can see a plot #Roadkill — ASuperGav (@ASuperGav) October 18, 2020 While another fan added: "This is dull as dishwater so far." This viewer wrote: "I'm struggling to maintain interest in this despite the good cast. Probably won't continue watching the rest of the episodes unless I can see a plot." Writer David Hare has insisted none of the characters in Roadkill are based on a true story. In a press statement, he said: "So much television drama is now based on documentary events that it is hard to remember the primary trigger for fiction is meant to be the imagination. "My hero, Peter Laurence, is not based on anyone. 3 Peter will go head to head with Prime Minister Dawn Ellison, played by Helen McCrory Credit: BBC 3 Hugh Laurie stars as cunning and charismatic politician Peter Laurence Credit: BBC Most read in Drama horrid history Jimmy Savile victim compares BBC drama The Reckoning to 'being abused again' day of reckoning What we know so far about Jimmy Savile BBC drama The Reckoning charmless Rose McGowan sparks race row as she tears into Charmed reboot's black cast HUGH-GE LINE UP Cast of BBC drama Roadkill including Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory FACT OR FICTION Is BBC drama Roadkill based on a true story? Roadkill is a fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic politician Peter Laurence, played by Hugh Laurie. When revelations about his public and private life come to the surface, Peter's every move are picked apart by his enemies. With his enemies so close to home, can he ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize? Writer Hare added: "I first worked with Hugh Laurie in 1987 when he set off on his riveting change of direction from adroit comedian to commanding dramatic actor. "I can't wait to see him embody the fictional future of the Conservative party in Roadkill." Roadkill continues Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.