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Ridley Road: viewers are saying the same thing about BBC’s new drama 

The reactions are in for the new period drama 

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
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BBC’s latest drama Ridley Road has certainly had viewers talking, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive following the first episode of the show, which aired on Sunday night. 

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The series follows a young Jewish woman, Vivien Epstein, who leaves her comfortable life in Manchester and starts to work with the 62 Group, a coalition from the Jewish community who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, when she realises that Jack, her missing boyfriend, has been badly injured. 

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Taking to Twitter to discuss the drama, one person wrote: “Captivating first ep of #RidleyRoad. I wonder how much of its audience knew how true it was, and how much violent anti-Jewish feeling there was in London in the 60s. It’s never really gone away, just the culprits have changed.” 

Another added: “#RidleyRoad was one of my favourite books of recent years, and the TV series is superb too. Has opened it all out so cleverly. Gripping!” A third person tweeted: “Bloody hell,  #ridleyroad is disturbing…shall definitely be watching the rest, fascinated and horrified at the same time.” 

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Did you enjoy episode one?

Eddie Marsan, who plays Soly Malinovsky, tweeted his thanks for the great reaction, writing: “Thanks for the kind words about #RidleyRoad. I’m genuinely grateful to @Solemani for giving me this opportunity to stand up to racism creatively. And thank you to my Jewish colleagues @TracyAnnO, Alan Corduner & Sam Spiro for your generosity & support in helping me play Soly.” 

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In response, one fan wrote: “Episode 1 is outstanding and you are ALL brilliant in #RidleyRoad. Screenplay, settings, costumes all recapture 1960’s London perfectly,” while another added: “It was an excellent programme - very moving and well-acted by an excellent cast. It brought back memories of growing up in the East End in the 1950s/60s and the anger our parents felt towards the Fascists.”

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