Viewers of BBC1’s Better have confessed watching the crime drama is ‘different’ after news emerged that the two leads were having an affair.
It was revealed last week that star Andrew Buchan left his wife of 11 years Amy Nuttall ‘heartbroken’ when he allegedly left her for Leila Farzad, whom he met on the BBC series where they are said to have struck up a romance.
Nuttall is said to discovered her husband was having an affair when he purchased racy lingerie in a size that was not her own and she has been left so ‘crushed’ by the end of her marriage that she has been crying almost every day.
During last night’s show, Andrew’s drug dealer character Col McHugh and Leila’s character DI Lou Slack debated morality, with Andrew even saying: ‘If it’s bad for you but feels good, people are going to find a way to do it…It has f*** all to do with right and wrong.’
Many viewers confessed they were unimpressed with the drama, with one adding: ‘Different vibe to this show knowing the co-stars were carrying on with each other.’
Viewers of BBC1’s Better have confessed watching the crime drama is ‘different’ after news emerged that the two leads were having an affair
Another wrote: ‘Sorry to be a party pooper folks, but for me – BBC’s Better is terrible – a weak and totally implausible plot with character portrayals straight out of a Disney cartoon.’
One tweeted: ‘Wow. Better could have done so much better #BBC. Even leaving it obviously open to go again…that was a super poor ending.’
A fourth added: ‘Tripe, utter tripe.’
A fifth commented: ‘Like watching paint dry, while Farzard looked constipated.’
During last night’s episode, DI Lou Slack, played by Leila, unsuccessfully tried to set up drug dealer Col McHugh, played by Andrew. He retaliates by taking her son Owen hostage and threatening to drown him.
During an emotional showdown the two are left fighting, with Col pointing a gun into Lou’s face.
The two discuss morality and their decisions, with Col even questioning if Lou had ‘found God’, saying: ‘If it’s bad for you but feels good, people are going to find a way to do it.
Many of those watching were critical of the programme, with one calling it ‘utter tripe’ while others said the ending was ‘obscure’
‘Legal, illegal – that’s just the prevalent wind. It has f*** all to do with right and wrong.’
He eventually lets her go but warns that this would be her last chance.
He tells her: ‘Go home. Donal will bring back Owen unharmed and this is the last time we see each other. One f****** chance.’
He added: ‘Ever come after me again, Lou, everything changes.’
Lou goes on to try to speak to her ally, Vernon Marley at his home. but during the conversation one of Col’s trenchmen breaks into her home and tries to kill her.
The two are able to fight him off, with Vernon shooting him in the chest before setting his house on fire.
During last night’s episode, Lou and Col had an emotional showdown in a barn where they debated morality
During the dramatic confrontation in which Col threatened Lou’s son Owen, they both screamed into each other’s faces
The episode ended with Lou returning to her home alongside Owen.
The programme is the fourth in the five-part drama, and the first to air since news of Leila and Andrew’s affair broke last week.
Andrew’s wife Nuttall reportedly became suspicious of her husband after seeing cosy social media snaps of him and his co-star.
The Downton Abbey actress, 40, has been left heartbroken after Broadchurch star Buchan allegedly left her for Farzad.
Sources now claim that Nuttall grew concerned Buchan was cheating after he and Farzad appeared a little too close for comfort in social media snaps.
The star then confirmed her fears when she discovered he had been staying in a hotel close to their home – while claiming to be away working on location – and he had purchased racy lingerie in a different size to hers.
Other viewers were critical of the ending, which saw DI Lou escape a hitman before returning home to her family
A source told The Sun: ‘The penny started to drop over a period of time. He was away a lot, which wasn’t unusual because of the nature of his work, but at one point Amy realised he had been staying in hotels very near to home — and wondered why.
‘As time moved on there were some tell-tale signs that he had become close to Leila — just something in his mannerisms and in their social media posts together.
‘But the final straw was the lingerie — that’s what clinched it. Amy just knew instinctively that it wasn’t meant for her.’
Farzad recently shared a gushing Instagram post paying tribute to Buchan for ‘holding her up and wiping away her tears,’ alongside a snap of them filming their new drama.
Alongside a montage featuring the Better cast and crew, she wrote: ‘This lot. Couldn’t and wouldn’t happen without them. Big up the Better team who wiped my tears, held me up, fed me crumpets and made me smile.
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‘Don’t have pics of everyone but this gang got me through! We made a show, it’s NOT a Happy Valley replacement but a morality tale which should make you think.’
Promoting the drama last month, in which Farzad stars as corrupt police officer Lou alongside Buchan as well-connected criminal, the actress said that her character is ‘trying to be better and see if she can be redeemed’ after an incident.
Speaking on Virgin Radio last month she said: ‘It’s about someone you think should be good actually being terribly corrupt.
‘Maybe an institution that purports to being morally superior, maybe there are some bad eggs and bad apples.’
She continued: ‘It’s about an anti-hero. She’s a police officer who’s also working for a corrupt drugs baron and something happens to her and she has a conscience crisis.
‘It’s about her trying to be better and if she can be redeemed.’
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