Marriage: Viewers react to new BBC drama starring Sean Bean and Nicola Walker

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15 Aug 2022, 09:18

Nicola Walker and Sean Bean in Marriage on BBC One.

Credit: BBC

The first episode of new four-part BBC series Marriage, featuring the talents of Sean Bean and Nicola Walker, aired last night, and viewers have taken to social media to give their thoughts.

Nicola and Sean play Emma and Ian, a couple approaching their 27th wedding anniversary, and the narrative over the four episodes will focus on the insecurities, ambiguities, hopes and fears that go hand-in-hand with marriage and a long-term relationship. 

This is indicated early in episode one, with one of the first pieces of dialogue being, “I had to pay for the ketchup”, while the couple bicker about a jacket potato in an airport. We soon learn that Ian has recently lost his mother and also his job, while Emma is under pressure as the main breadwinner while also trying to look after her ageing father. 

Created by Stefan Golaszewski, who is known for Him & Her and Mum, the show also stars New Tricks actor James Bolam as Emma’s father, along with The Inbetweeners’ Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Emma’s boss and Chantelle Alle as Jessica, Ian and Emma’s daughter.

With the first episode having gone out on BBC One last night, viewers took to social media to comment, and many were full of praise for how relatable the show is. 

One person wrote: “Such a great cast and almost unbearably awkward to watch… but that’s the point. Brilliantly done.”

Someone else added: “#marriage reminds me of my favourite books where not a lot happens, but you stay for the writing, the characters, the tiny reveals you get and in this case the mindblowing acting.”

Others though, weren’t so keen. One Twitter user said: “Watched the first episode and was really disappointed considering 2 brilliant leading actors.”

Someone else concurred, saying: ““I give up. After 30 mins I’ve switched over to any other programme than watch this rubbish.”

However, one viewer, who has binged the whole series on BBC iPlayer, implored others to keep on watching, saying: “Right, so I watched all episodes of #Marriage on @BBCiPlayer last night and, I don’t know what I was expecting but I thought it was brilliant. Sean Bean’s Ian is heartbreaking and, without giving away any spoilers, his Jess scenes are just beautiful. All, please stick with it.”

Another person agreed, saying: “So many people slating #marriage. I can’t stop watching it. The pauses, the real life silences, the awkwardness, the chemistry between the phenomenal Sean Bean and Nicola Walker. Acting at its finest.”

Marriage continues on BBC One at 9pm tonight, Monday 15th August. All episodes are now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.