Angela Black viewers brand ITV drama 'utter codswallop' after third episode's shocking twist
ANGELA Black viewers were left fuming after a shocking twist at the end of the third episode.
Starring Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt as Angela, the six-part series follows her seemingly idyllic family life – but where darkness lurks behind closed doors.
Many viewers have been brought to tears watching the brutal violence against Angela at the hands of 'charming, hard-working' husband – Olivier (Michael Huisman).
Angela and Olivier live in suburban London, where she spends her days working volunteer shifts at a dogs home and they have two beautiful sons.
However, beneath this façade of charmed domesticity, Angela is a victim of domestic violence because Olivier is controlling and brutal.
One day, Angela is approached by Ed (Samuel Adewunmi) – a private investigator – and he smashes her already strained domestic life to pieces.
The third episode saw Ed and Angela plot to murder Olivier in the most dramatic circumstances.
Angela follows the plans and turns up to a neighbour's house in feigned hysterics and asks to use the phone as an alibi.
In the meantime she's left the front door to her house open, so Ed can go in and kill her husband.
But the end of the episode revealed Olivier unscathed and Angela sitting in a jail cell after the police arrested her with her husband's guns in her hands.
She's then sectioned under the Mental Health Act after the police told her that Ed does not exist and it's all in her head.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available from 10:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm weekends.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
But ITV viewers were not keen on the shocking twist and vowed to tune out of the drama.
"Thanks for nothing and Bye!! Complete codswallop. I’m done," wrote one angry fan on Twitter.
Another added: "What a load of utter codswallop."
But many fans also loved the shocking episode finale and begged for more.
"What a twist," one fan commented on Twitter.
A second wrote: "Was that a set up? Are Ed and Olivier working together to make Angela look insane? Omg, i can't handle this."
And a third added: "How many more episodes are there? It’s shaving years off me this."
If you or someone you know needs help in a family violence situation, please contact Refuge on 0808 2000 247.
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