Marriage viewers divided by Nicola Walker and Sean Bean’s ‘slow’ drama

Nicola Walker and Sean Bean returned in the BBC drama (Image: BBC / The Forge / Rory Mulvey)

Viewers of BBC’s Marriage were divided over the drama’s second episode, with some branding it ‘slow’ and others appreciating the realism.

The drama is no doubt different for many viewers, offering touches of realism and a slow burn for fans who may be a little more used to twists and turns around every corner.

In the second episode, Ian (Sean Bean) and Emma (Nicola Walker), a couple who have been married for 27 years, went through ups and downs, including Ian becoming suspicious of one of Emma’s co-workers.

While some appreciated the program, others insisted it was too slow and just plain boring.

‘It’s excellent. Feels like a play. Attracts you directly. Ian’s unhappiness at losing his place in the world weighs on her, as does her father and her own feelings about her career and her desire to do well. Now if only we can get rid of daughter’s obnoxious boyfriend,” one fan wrote.

Another added: “Yes #marriage has a terrible theme ‘melody’ but the program itself is great!!! Touches on very lifelike topics. I love it.’

“Anyone who piles on and tries #marriage needs to get a reality check!” said another. “The point is, it’s real life and anyone unrelated to it needs to sort themselves out. Life is up and down and arguing about nothing. All relationships go through this. Silence can tell a story.’

Others, however, were not so convinced.

“Just watched the second episode of #Marriage on #BBC with #NicolaWalker and #SeanBean,” said one viewer. “The first episode was terrible, but given the caliber of the actors, we wanted to give the second episode a chance. The second episode was terrible too. Total, utterly pointless babble. As captivating as watching a dripping faucet.”

marriage_early release. Picture Shows: Ian (SEAN BEAN) and Emma (NICOLA WALKER). Photographer: Rory Mulvey

Some fans were delighted with the performances of Nicola Walker and Sean Bean (Image: BBC/The Forge/Rory Mulvey)

“I’m sorry, but it’s very slow. I don’t find it exciting to see real life – I live it! I prefer to be entertained and have a bit of escapism. The theme music is as irritating as nits,” said another.

Another added: “I gave it a second chance to see if it developed but no more – it’s boring, boring, awkward and excruciating to watch.” So disappointed. Nicola Walker was brilliant in everything else I’ve seen her in, so I was really looking forward to the series, but I just didn’t get it.

Marriage writer-director Stefan Golaszewski recently explained that the series’ original scripts were revised with the actors in mind.

“Marriage is a show about a couple and how they get through things together,” he said BBC Blogs.

“I guess I try to write about what it’s actually like to be human, rather than what it’s like on TV or in novels.

“Casting Nicola and Sean was great because I was able to rewrite the scripts with them in mind and remove as much dialogue as possible because I knew I had two great actors who could do whatever I wanted for me prefer. I like having as few words as possible for a scene.’

The marriage will continue on Monday evening at 9pm on BBC One.

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