Viewers of new BBC drama Crossfire have called the new BBC drama “insensitive” and claim they were “traumatized” from filming massacre scenes.
The first episode hit screens on Tuesday, starring Keeley Hawkes in the drama, which tells the story of a tourist whose life is turned upside down when gunmen open fire.
But the fictional three-part series, written by Louise Doughty, was criticized as “insensitive” for airing a scene depicting a massacre.
One person said they were forced to switch off as they found the program too “traumatic,” while others said they were struggling to sleep after being too rocked by the first installment.
Other viewers compared the scene to the 2015 terrorist attack in Tunisia and criticized the show for being “a little too close” to real events.
In 2015, at the Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel complex on the Sousse seafront, Seifeddine Rezgui killed 38 people, including 30 Brits, and injured dozens more.
Comparing the show to the terrorist attack, one person tweeted, “#crossfire are the @bbc stupid it’s very similar to the Turkish hotel massacre by Isis so the #bbc brought up old wounds.”
Another said: “I am beyond disgusted with the BBC. Crossfire comes a little too close to what happened in Tunisia.’
And a third added: “I just had to turn down the new drama Crossfire. It’s way too traumatic for me.’
Another wrote: “Just watched BBC’s #Crossfire. It has some similarities to what happened in Tunisia. I hope it’s not too upsetting for those affected by the attacks.
A fifth commented: “Just watched new #BBC drama #Crossfire and can’t help but feel it’s a little insensitive to making drama out of those involved especially in beach shootouts in Tunisia lost their lives.”
While a sixth penned: “Copy copy of Isis shooting in Tunisia WTF. #Crossfire’
Another said: “Mother of God just had to turn off new drama #crossfire on BBC1 – far too traumatic for me.”
Actress Keeley Hawes, 46, leads the cast as ex-cop Jo, with her character picking up a gun to fight an evil criminal gang trying to terrorize a resort town.
Set in a luxury resort in the Canary Islands, Crossfire follows the story of Jo who is on a dream vacation with her family and friends when shots are fired throughout the complex.
Gunslingers out for revenge are turning paradise into a horrific, heartbreaking hell.
A tale of survival and resilience, Crossfire is a heart-pounding thriller.
As the unsuspecting vacationers and hotel staff are forced to make monumental split-second life-or-death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.
Also starring in Crossfire are Josette, Anneika Rose, Lee Ingleby, Daniel Ryan, Vikash Bhai, Hugo Silva, Alba Brune, Shalisha James-Davis and Ariyon Bakare.
It comes after Keeley said she’s excited to take on the role of a protective ex-cop in Crossfire, and the star said it’s time to shake up action roles on TV.
The screen star, who has previously appeared in films such as Bodyguard and Line of Duty, insists gripping action dramas should have more women in the lead roles, although the star is shocked that it’s still a “novelty” today.
According to The Sun, she said, “I was asked, ‘How is this different from other action-based plays you’ve done?’
“Well, it’s the only one I haven’t been passive on. It’s a pretty big deal.
“Bodyguard is an action thriller, but I wasn’t part of that action. That was very exciting and very enlightening about the way things have been.