Roadkill viewers 'switch off' as they blast new BBC drama for 'awful anti-Tory bias and appalling story'

ROADKILL viewers "switch off" as they criticised the new BBC drama for awful anti-Tory bias.

The show made its premiere on BBC One last night and fans weren't pleased with the show's political story, which they branded as "appalling".

Hugh Laurie, 61, stars as Peter Laurence, a very cunning and calculated politician who oozes charisma.

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. Switched off. #Roadkill."

While another fan added: "Surprise surprise, @hughlaurie’s new #Roadkill is anti-Tory propaganda. Yawn."

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. Nor are the other characters.

"Mine is a parallel world to the real one, and there is no secret passage between the two."


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.

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