This week the BBC aired the first episode of their new mystery drama The Luminaries, adapted from Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, and viewers have taken to Twitter to air their feelings about the show.
The new six-part series stars Eva Green, Himesh Patel and Eve Hewson and was billed as "an intricately woven, suspenseful tale of love, murder, magic, and revenge," and follows the story of a young woman framed for murder.
The adventure mystery is set in New Zealand during the 1860's gold rush, when a huge gold strike led to a influx of gold miners from all over the world to the area. The official synopsis states, "The Luminaries tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes.
"The story follows defiant young adventurer Anna Wetherell, who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life. There she meets the radiant Emery Staines, an encounter that triggers a strange kind of magic that neither can explain. As they fall in love, driven together and apart by fateful coincidence, these star-crossed lovers begin to wonder: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us?"
It sounds great, but so far viewers haven't been hugely impressed, leading to some comedy reactions on Twitter.
Some people were just a bit lost...
The Luminaries BBC 1 intriguing and beautifully shot but anybody know what the hell is going on ????— Janet (@Hamer_JK) June 21, 2020
I’m gonna put this out there.. I’ve not got a Feckin Clue What’s Actually going on!! #TheLuminaries— Gillian Hudson (@JillHudson21) June 21, 2020
Others felt it was all too drawn out...
Of course some absolutely loved it...
Absolutely loving The Luminaries so far. Loved the book. This is so oppulent on its look. Fantastic👌😊 pic.twitter.com/N5JOlJkwg0— SchmAmazingSchmUmbrella (@AmazingUmbrella) June 22, 2020
Well I’m going to put myself out there & be happy to be in a minority in my opinion. Loving #TheLuminaries. The book is one of my all time faves & personally I think the programme is doing it justice. So there. https://t.co/cTcObjnq8N— Jules Swain (@julesbuddle) June 23, 2020
Let's see how the rest of the series lands!
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