Holding: viewers stunned for same reason watching episode three

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Holding is ITV's current drama which has been gripping viewers in recent weeks, and Monday evening's episode was no different.

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The third and penultimate instalment of the drama, which has been adapted from Graham Norton's novel of the same name, continued its story in attempting to solve the murder of Tommy – and it seems audiences all had the same gobsmacked reaction to one moment in particular.

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Many fans took to Twitter to give their verdict on Brenda Frickers' powerful monologue in the episode, with many being floored by her impressive performance. One person wrote: "Brenda Fricker! Wow! What a performance just now in #Holding."

A second person added: "Wow, Brenda Fricker!! #Holding", as a third agreed: "That Brenda Fricker scene in #Holding was powerful stuff. Phenomenal monologue." A fourth wrote: "#Holding #brendafricker that scene there folks is why she's an Oscar winner!!"

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Brenda Fricker as Lizzie in Holding

Meanwhile, a fifth tweeted: "Well Brenda Fricker has just delivered the most astounding 15 minute uninterrupted monologue on #Holding I have ever seen on Television. It was indescribable."

Brenda, who picked up the Academy Award for Supporting Actress in 1990 for her role in the film My Left Foot, is playing Lizzie Meany in the show. Like main character PJ, Lizzie, also lives a quiet life in their rural town, but PJ begins to find out more about her character, revealing secrets along the way.

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Brenda Fricker wowed viewers with her performance in episode three

The official synopsis for the upcoming drama comedy reads: "Set in the insular fictional village of Duneen, West Cork, on the edge of Ireland, a place with its own climate and rhythms, Holding, written by Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan, introduces us to a surprising, quirky and shrewdly observed world.

"Told through its idiosyncratic, yet very real characters, who each have their own frailties, complexities, secrets and pasts, Holding is also a compelling murder mystery, which unfolds with a distinctive and darkly comic tone and explores themes of grief, community, family, and various shades of love - from quietly passionate to taboo to unrequited."

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