ITV's The Tower premiere gets mixed reactions from viewers

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ITV's newest crime thriller The Tower aired its premiere tonight (November 8), and viewers had mixed reactions to it.

The three-part drama is based on the novel Post Mortem, the first instalment of Kate London's Metropolitan series, following Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins investigating the sudden death of a beat cop and a teenage girl when they fall off of Portland Tower.

ITV's official synopsis reads: "In The Tower's breathtaking opening sequence, a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London.

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"Left alive on the roof are a 5-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Adama. Within hours, Lizzie has disappeared, and Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins is charged with leading the investigation."

Collins is played by Gemma Whelan, who rose to prominence as Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, as Geraldine in the third season of Killing Eve, and opposite Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack.

The series also stars The Haunting of Bly Manor star Tahirah Sharif, Hollyoaks and Peaky Blinders actor Emmett J Scanlan, and Arrow's Jimmy Akingbola.

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Photo credit: BBC

Viewers were quick to share their first thoughts online, and the cast was a major focal point of conversation.

Soap fans were gushing on Twitter as a number of soap favourites popped up in the cast, including Casualty's Tahirah Sharif and Holby City's Jimmy Akingbola.

Photo credit: STUART WOOD - ITV
Photo credit: STUART WOOD - ITV

Viewers were particularly excited to see Nabil Elouahabi appear, recognising him as "Gary" from British TV staple Only Fools and Horses.

Overall, reactions to the show were generally positive, but one common criticism was the dialogue.

Many people on Twitter said the cast were "mumbling" or "muttering" and speaking too fast to be audible.

While the show isn't explicitly focused on "bent coppers", many were quick to point out similarities to the BBC's Line of Duty, with one viewer calling it the "ALDI version" of the beloved police drama.

The Tower continues tomorrow on ITV at 9pm.

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