Holding viewers 'give up' due to 'many stereotypes' and bad accents

‘More twee than an American bar on St Paddy’s Day’: Viewers ‘give up’ on ‘stereotyped’ adaption of Graham Norton’s novel Holding and claim the accents ‘make Tom Cruise in Far and Away sound good’

  • Viewers have criticised ITV’s latest programme Holding for being ‘stereotypical’ 
  • The four-part series is an adaptation of Graham Norton’s bestselling novel
  • Set in West Cork, Ireland, the drama follows police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins 
  • It wasn’t all negative reviews for the episode, with others praising it as amusing

Viewers have blasted ITV’s latest drama Holding for being ‘stereotypical’ and accents ‘so bad it makes Tom Cruise in Far and Away sound good’.

The four-part series, which aired on Monday, is an adaptation of Graham Norton’s bestselling novel of the same name and was directed by Kathy Burke.

Set in West Cork, Ireland, the programme follows police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins, who finally has a genuine crime to solve after uncovering the body of local legend Tommy Burke.

However viewers were left unimpressed by the drama, revealing they had ‘given up’ before finishing the first episode after insisting it had ‘stereotypes a plenty’ and awful Irish accents. 

Viewers have blasted ITV’s latest drama Holding (pictured) for being ‘stereotypical’ and accents ‘so bad it makes Tom Cruise in Far and Away sound good’

The four-part series (pictured), which aired on Monday, is an adaptation of Graham Norton’s bestselling novel of the same name and was directed by Kathy Burke

One person wrote on Twitter: ‘Accents so bad it makes Tom Cruise in Far and Away sound good,’ referring to the American actor’s controversial Irish accent in the 1992 film.

A second said: ‘Come visit us in Ireland. I promise you it’s not like this. We even have broadband and McDonald’s.’

A third added: ‘Gave it a chance… awful acting, predictable story line, too many stereotypes… would have done well back in the 90s… but thing have moved on… poor effort.’

A fourth wrote: ‘Dear ITV… if anyone gets any urges to book a second season of Holding, please lock them in the shed immediately.’

Set in West Cork, Ireland, the programme follows police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins (pictured), who finally has a genuine crime to solve after uncovering the body of local legend Tommy Burke

Reaction: However viewers were left unimpressed by the drama, revealing they had ‘given up’ before finishing the first episode after insisting it had ‘stereotypes a plenty’ and awful Irish accents

But it wasn’t all negative reviews for the episode, with one person writing: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at a crime drama in my whole life.’

Another said: ‘I think people might be missing the point with Holding. It’s meant to be quirky and tongue in cheek with slightly odd characters.’

Set in the fictional village of Duneen, the drama stars Conleth Hill as Garda sergeant PJ Collins, a mountain of a man who spends his days comfort-eating and dealing with minor disputes.  

But it wasn’t all negative reviews for the episode, with one person writing: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at a crime drama in my whole life.’

But one day he gets a case that’ll force him to delve into Duneen’s dark past and connect him more deeply to the place he’s come to call home. 

Human bones dug up on a building site turn out to be those of Tommy Burke, a heartbreaker who’d vanished years ago. 

This grim discovery unleashes a torrent of emotion among certain village women, and PJ must untangle the truth about what happened to the dead man.

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