Wolf: New BBC drama splits opinion as viewers call it both 'terrifying' and 'terrible' 

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1 Aug 2023, 09:46

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A new BBC drama has landed, and it’s causing very differing opinions amongst viewers. 

Wolf is based on Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery crime novels, and is named after the last novel in the seven-part series. 

The show follows young detective Caffery (played by Midwich Cuckoos star Ukweli Roach), who is beset by nightmares and obsessed with the neighbour he believes murdered his 10 year-old brother in the '90s.

Meanwhile, in an isolated house in Monmouthshire, a wealthy family find themselves the victims of a psychopath’s cruel games, trapped and terrorised. 

The two narratives inevitably collide across six episodes, which land every Monday. The whole series is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.

Following the first instalment, which aired last night (31st July), viewers have taken to social media to share their thoughts, with some praising the show. One person wrote: “You all need to watch this / binge this / enjoy this. I would truly say it’s one of the best shows on the BBC in years."

Another said: “Brilliant I'm hooked after the 1st episode 😮”

Someone else added: “Actually terrifying… #Wolf”

“Definitely will not be sleeping tonight after watching that,” someone else said.

However, some viewers were less impressed, with one writing: “I feel sorry for the actors involved in this wooden, poorly scripted, plodding nightmare.”

Another said: “Managed about half of #Wolf on the BBC before I lost interest. Terrible acting and unbelievable characters I couldn’t care less about. It’s back to old episodes of Morse for me then!”

Someone else wrote: “#wolf on BBC is terrible. Really bad.”

One commenter called it: “Laughably bad. Without the laughs.”

Whilst the programme proved divisive, something that viewers did agree on was that the teaser at the end of episode one gave a bit too much away. One commenter said: “Mo Hayder is my absolute favourite crime writer, so I was very excited to see the first episode of the BBC's adaptation of #Wolf. So far, so good, but we definitely did not need the preview of the next episode right after that cliff-hanger! #giveitachance.”

Another wrote: “As usual, the BBC gives away too much in the 'coming up' clips at the end.  Luckily managed to grab the remote & switch over. Going to stick with #Wolf, as I've read a couple of other Mo Hayder books and they were great, if rather gruesome!”

Wolf is available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.