Novichok police officer Nick Bailey tweets ‘give my wife a break’ over online backlash to her in BBC hit ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’ as she gives rare glimpse of couple’s life on Twitter
- DS Nick Bailey defended his wife Sarah after the second episode of BBC drama
- Sarah, played by actress Annabel Scholey, learns Bailey has contaminated their home after returning from carrying out his investigation of the Skripals
- She is seen angrily telling liaison officers to ‘p*** off’ before drinking wine
The police officer who was poisoned by novichok has hit back at ‘negativity’ aimed at his wife on social media over her handling of the attack following the broadcast of the latest episode of the BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey publicly defended his wife Sarah after her portrayal in the second episode of the hit series, which aired on Sunday night.
Sarah, played by actress Annabel Scholey, learns that DS Bailey had unknowingly contaminated their home after returning from carrying out his investigation of a chemical weapons attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March 2018.
In a panic, she searches the home for their pet cat, angrily tells the liaison officers to ‘p*** off’ and pours herself a glass of white wine.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey publicly defended his wife Sarah after her portrayal in the second episode of the BBC series ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’, aired on Sunday night
DS Nick Bailey pictured with his wife Sarah Bailey, who are portrayed by actors Rafe Spall and Annabel Scholey respectively for the hit BBC drama
However, some Twitter accounts were quick to ridicule Sarah’s portrayal, with one user commenting: ‘So you come home from hospital after finding out your husband ‘Mr Sweaaty Bed’ who collapsed on the floor, has been poisoned by Novichok.
‘So after kissing him goodbye, you go home to your kids sleeping in the same bed and decide to jump in to! #TheSalisburyPoisonings’.
Another posted ‘change the bloomin bed linen’ while a third said: ‘Yeah let’s drink from a glass in a house potentially covered in life ending toxin’.
However, DS Bailey took to Twitter to slam ‘armchair experts’ criticising his wife Sarah’s handling of the 2018 nerve agent attack.
Twitter accounts were quick to ridicule Sarah’s portrayal as she learns that DS Bailey had unknowingly contaminated their house after his investigation of the Skripals in March 2018
The Wiltshire police officer said: ‘I’ve seen quite a bit of negativity towards my wife regarding episode 2 and the way she handled it.
‘Those scenes with Sarah could never truly reflect the extreme emotion and trauma she went through that day. Cut her some slack and be kind.’
In response, dozens of Twitter accounts praised DS Bailey and Sarah.
One posted: ‘Yes, well said. She must of been going through hell. Trying to protect you, your two girls and herself must of been so hard.’
DS Bailey posted on Twitter: ‘I’ve seen quite a bit of negativity towards my wife regarding episode 2 and the way she handled it. ‘Those scenes with Sarah could never truly reflect the extreme emotion and trauma she went through that day. Cut her some slack and be kind’
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey (left), who was poisoned by the Russian nerve agent Novichok in 2018, is being portrayed by the actor Rafe Spall (right) in the BBC drama
Another commented: ”I’d hope also that reasonable people would realise that this is dramatised and not a minute by minute reconstruction of every single event.
‘But some people aren’t reasonable.’
A third wrote: ”Typical twitter armchair experts, ignore. No one can ever know how they would react in that position where losing your husband was a very real threat. Wishing you and family well and thank you for your continued service.’
Dozens of Twitter accounts praised DS Bailey and Sarah after watching the second episode
‘The Salisbury Poisonings’ follows the aftermath of the poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal
Another commented: ‘What you guys went through is my worst nightmare. You’re both incredible, don’t let anyone tell you any different.’
In the second episode, Sarah also has to cope with her husband’s name being revealed by Wiltshire Police and broadcast on BBC News.
She also consoles their two daughters about DS Bailey’s condition, and is told that doctors are considering putting him into an induced coma.