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BBC One Sherwood: Reaction to first episode of new drama and ‘extraordinarily good’ Lesley Manville

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Sherwood viewers had a mixed reaction as the first episode of the drama aired on BBC1. The episode depicted DCS Ian St Clair who is called to investigate murder in an ex-mining town which threatens to inflame historic tensions. Sherwood is inspired by two murders which took around Annesley Village back in 2004, sparking a huge manhunt by Nottinghamshire Police.

The show, which is written by Nottinghamshire’s own James Graham, aired at 9pm on Monday, June 13, and is the first of a six-part series. The second episode will air tomorrow on Tuesday, June 14 – all episodes are around an hour long. The BBC has confirmed filming took place in Nottinghamshire locations such as in the village of Annesley, at Newstead Abbey and also at Newstead station.

In July of 2004, Robert Boyer had shot ex-miner Keith ‘Froggy’ Frogson with a crossbow on his doorstep, before hacking him to death with a sword and setting fire to his home – with his victim’s daughter and her husband still inside.

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Later that month, Terry Rodgers was living in his daughter Chanel’s home in Huthwaite when he shot her four times, just weeks after her wedding. Both Boyer and Rodgers went into hiding in the same woodland, leading to a huge police search and presence in the former mining village as they searched for them.

Fans took to social media to say how many recognisable faces were on their screens and praise the acting talents of the star-studded cast. One viewer wrote: “Man alive, Lesley Manville is so extraordinarily good. Half an hour in and she couldn’t be more utterly convincing.” Another said: “The great and the good of British drama are in this #Sherwood. You think you’ve seen them all then another one pops up!”

One viewer made a comparison straight away, tweeting: “Anyone else getting Broadchurch vibes while watching #Sherwood? That’s a compliment BTW.” And they weren’t the only one, with someone else saying: “Blimey, lots of well-known serious actors turning in superb performances in #Sherwood. Bit good isn’t it? Like a grittier Broadchurch.”

Locally, a lot of Nottingham Forest fans weren’t overly impressed with the club being referred to as ‘Notts Forest’, taking to social media to voice the frustrations. Other fans weren’t happy about the accents of some of the characters, suggesting they weren’t completely authentic to Nottinghamshire.

One user wrote: “As a person from Nottingham, watching #sherwood I can deal with the bad accents…. But Notts Forest?!? No it’s Nottingham forest and Notts county.”

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