The Salisbury Poisonings series has become an instant hit with Netflix viewers.
The show, which originally aired on the BBC, explores what happened when a Russian agent, named Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by Novichok in Salisbury in March 2018.
After being exposed to the deadly nerve agent, they spent several weeks in hospital while in critical condition.
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The programme also focuses on those who worked behind the scenes of the incident, including detectives and authorities working for the local Public Health department.
Its synopsis reads: “The Novichok poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter sends ripples through Salisbury and the lives of its townsfolk.”
After watching the series, many viewers took to Twitter and said how ‘gripping’ they found it.
One fan tweeted: “Just watched The Salisbury Poisonings on Netflix. Massive emotional oof, that one.”
Another added: “30 mins into EP1 of The Salisbury Poisonings on Netflix and I’m hooked. Absolutely compelling so far.”
Later on, he continued: “I’m halfway through the second and have already succumbed to the fact I won’t be sleeping until at least 1am.”
Pitching in, a third commented: “The Salisbury Poisonings is great on Netflix. Well worth a go. Great pacing, you’ll end up watching it in one sitting.”
Another viewer gave a more in-depth review, writing: “The Salisbury Poisonings, beautifully done low-key drama which avoids sensationalism and focuses entirely on the human impact on victims, their families and the those dealing with the crisis.
“Standout performance by Anne-Marie Duff supported by a great cast and script.”
Co-writer of the show, Declan Lawn wanted to tell the ‘untold human story’ of the ordeal.
In an interview, he reportedly said: “We felt with Salisbury there was an untold human story that should be told as soon as we started researching it.
“We found these incredible stories that no one had ever heard before about the response to what happened there.”
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