Crossfire viewers ‘traumatised’ by gripping new BBC drama as they praise Keeley Hawes’ acting

‘I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight’: Crossfire viewers ‘traumatised’ by gripping new BBC drama as they praise Keeley Hawes’ acting in ‘top notch’ three-part series

Viewers of new BBC drama Crossfire were left feeling ‘nervous’ after watching the first episode on Tuesday night.

Many audience members were instantly gripped by the three-part series, with some taking to social media to say they instantly logged on to iPlayer to binge watch the rest of the season.

However, one person said they were forced to switch off as they found the programme too ‘traumatic’ while others said they’d struggle to sleep after they were left too shaken by the first instalment. 

Gripping: Viewers of new BBC drama Crossfire were left feeling 'nervous' after watching the first episode on Tuesday night (Keeley Hawes pictured as Jo)

Gripping: Viewers of new BBC drama Crossfire were left feeling ‘nervous’ after watching the first episode on Tuesday night (Keeley Hawes pictured as Jo)

Actress Keeley Hawes, 46, leads the cast as ex-cop Jo, with her character grabbing a gun to battle a nasty criminal gang who attempt to terrorise a holiday resort.

Taking to Twitter after watching, one person wrote: ‘Mother of God, just had to turn off new drama #crossfire on BBC1 – way too traumatic for me.’

While someone else wrote: ‘OK. We just binge watched #Crossfire and I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight. Fabulous, edge of seat stuff.’

Dramatic: Audience members were gripped by the three-part series, with some taking to social media to say they instantly logged on to iPlayer to binge watch the rest of the season

Dramatic: Audience members were gripped by the three-part series, with some taking to social media to say they instantly logged on to iPlayer to binge watch the rest of the season

Another person tweeted: ‘Did anyone watch that new series on BBC One tonight crossfire it was so good did make you feel nervous.’

‘FINISHED CROSSFIRE BFFS AND JESUS CHRIST WHAT A JOURNEY,’ another viewer exclaimed in capital letters.

Another impressed viewer wrote: ‘Just watched, and thoroughly enjoyed all three episodes. Particularly enjoyed Hawes’ narrative which offered reflections throughout. Acting, characterisation, plot plus beautiful photography. Top notch drama.’

Opinion: One person said they were forced to switch off as they found the programme too 'traumatic' while others said they'd struggle to sleep after they were left too shaken

Opinion: One person said they were forced to switch off as they found the programme too ‘traumatic’ while others said they’d struggle to sleep after they were left too shaken

While someone else shared: ‘Just watched the amazing Keeley Hawes in Crossfire on BBC. Excellent, gripping drama with an awesome cast. It’s about time Keeley was made a Dame. She’s one of the best actresses this country has ever produced.’

‘#Crossfire….thank goodness for iPlayer…I had to binge it. Amazing, gripping, powerful drama. Just realised I haven’t moved position on the sofa for all three eps and my cuppa has gone cold!!!!,’ posted another viewer.

Set on a luxury resort in the Canary Islands, Crossfire follows the story of Keeley’s character Jo, who is on a dream holiday with her family and friends when shots ring out across the complex.   

Gunmen, out for revenge, turn the slice of paradise into a terrifying heart-breaking hell.

New part: It comes after Keeley said she's delighted to be taking on the role of a protective former police officer in new BBC drama Crossfire (pictured this month)

New part: It comes after Keeley said she’s delighted to be taking on the role of a protective former police officer in new BBC drama Crossfire (pictured this month)

A story of survival and resilience, Crossfire is an edge-of-your-seat nail-biting thriller yet also emotional, intimate and relatable.  

With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.

Crossfire also stars Josette, Anneika Rose, Lee Ingleby, Daniel Ryan, Vikash Bhai, Hugo Silva, Alba Brune, Shalisha James-Davis and Ariyon Bakare.

It comes after Keeley said she’s delighted to be taking on the role of a protective former police officer in Crossfire, with the star saying it’s time the action roles on television are given a shake up.

The screen star, who has previously appeared in the likes of Bodyguard and Line of Duty, insists there should be more females in the main roles in gripping action dramas, with the star being shocked that it’s still a ‘novelty’ today.

According to The Sun, she said: ‘I’ve been asked, “How does this differ from other action-based pieces you’ve done?”

‘Well, it’s the only one where I haven’t been passive. It’s quite a big thing.

‘Bodyguard is an action thriller, but I wasn’t part of that action. That was very exciting and very telling about the way things have been.

‘It shouldn’t be a novelty to have a 46-year-old woman playing this part, but it is. Hopefully that’s changing.’

Crossfire continues at 9pm on BBC One on Wednesday.

Speaking out: Keeley said: 'It shouldn¿t be a novelty to have a 46-year-old woman playing this part, but it is. Hopefully that¿s changing' (pictured at the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles this month)

Speaking out: Keeley said: ‘It shouldn’t be a novelty to have a 46-year-old woman playing this part, but it is. Hopefully that’s changing’ (pictured at the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles this month)

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