Viewers have been reacting to the “disappointing” premiere of The Pursuit of Love, which aired on BBC One on Sunday night.
The TV adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel stars Lily James as leading lady Linda Radlett, and Dominic West as her father ‘Uncle’ Matthew.
Emily Beecham stars as Linda’s cousin and best friend Fanny Logan, while Andrew Scott plays the Radlett family’s wealthy and eccentric neighbour Lord Merlin.
The official synopsis for the three-part series reads: “Freedom, friendship, sex and love.”
“Impatiently waiting for life to begin, two cousins are thrust into a decadent, whirlwind adventure.”
After the first episode of the period drama aired last night, viewers took to Twitter to share their reactions.
One user wrote: “Pretty much everything about #ThePursuitOfLove that could have been wrong was wrong. A dreadful disappointment.”
A second viewer tweeted: “Is anyone else watching the pursuit of love and by watching I mean suffering through.”
A third penned: “Does anyone confirm their opinions by checking Twitter? Thought it was poor but needed to check the # to make sure I wasn’t missing anything but now I’m comfortable saying it is disappointing #ThePursuitOfLove.”
Well I gave The Pursuit of Love a good 20 minutes. And I'll never get them back!
— ruth wishart (@ruth_wishart) May 9, 2021
Is anyone else watching the pursuit of love and by watching I mean suffering through
— Danni ✨ (@danniscotty) May 9, 2021
— Neil Armstrong (@_neilarmstrong) May 9, 2021
Does anyone confirm their opinions by checking Twitter? Thought it was poor but needed to check the # to make sure I wasn't missing anything but now I'm comfortable saying it is disappointing 😂😂 #ThePursuitOfLove
— Sarah Daly (@sarahdaly25) May 9, 2021
Managed to watch it for 22 minutes. Disappointing – it's bleddy silly! #ThePursuitOfLove
— Lisa Pidgeon (She/Her) (@lisaspidgeon) May 9, 2021
Suppose we should be grateful it just reflects the views of Nancy Mitford instead of her sister Unity Mitford
— Philip C James 🕷️🕯️ (@PhilipCJames) May 9, 2021
May l be so bold as to say that we’re 12 minutes in and already I’m bored of it. #ThePursuitOfLove
— Eileen M Cumiskey (@cumiskey55) May 9, 2021
— Demita (@demitaadele) May 9, 2021
Thought I'd give it a watch, but just feels like a lot of over acting #ThePursuitOfLove
— lettersandink (@lettersandink) May 9, 2021
Pretty much everything about #ThePursuitOfLove that could have been wrong was wrong. A dreadful disappointment.
— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) May 9, 2021
While most viewers were disappointed by the show, others took to Twitter to praise Andrew Scott for his role as Lord Merlin.
One viewer tweeted: “Andrew Scott is the best thing in The Pursuit of Love tonight by a million miles.”
Another wrote: “I was about to turn it off then #andrewscott appeared on the screen #ThePursuitOfLove.”
All three episodes of The Pursuit of Love are now available to watch on BBC Player.
Andrew Scott is the best thing in The Pursuit of Love tonight by a million miles pic.twitter.com/XeIWO6rHfI
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) May 9, 2021
— Martin Townsend (@MTSundayExpress) May 9, 2021
I am so here for Andrew Scott camping it up in The Pursuit Of Love 😍 pic.twitter.com/yNFF3faIQh
— Berry (@BereniceHealey) May 9, 2021
Unlike everyone on Twitter, I loved #ThePursuitofLove tonight – fizzy, hyper, sassy, plush and fun with hints of the dark. Lily James and Andrew Scott are fab. Awesome soundtrack and costumes too. https://t.co/6xIEyJi5XV
— Rajvi Glasbrook Griffiths (@RGlasbrook) May 9, 2021
— Tasha Matthewman (@TashaMatthewman) May 9, 2021
The pursuit of love isn’t very good but I am enjoying camp Andrew Scott pic.twitter.com/BdhDgGgGMN
— lucy rebecca mooring (@lucymooring) May 9, 2021
— Dawn Leadon-Bolger (@Dawnesme) May 9, 2021
— Simone 🇮🇪☘ (@Simone12747802) May 9, 2021