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Viewers are saying the same thing about The Tower following first episode

ITV latest drama has had fans gripped

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Francesca Shillcock
Senior Features Writer
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The first episode of brand new ITV drama The Tower aired on Monday evening and it seems the first instalment had many viewers gripped. The show, which features TV stars such as Gemma Whelan and Jimmy Akingbola in the cast, focuses on a detective as she tries to solve a mysterious murder involving a teenager and a fellow PC.

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But the crime mystery drama prompted some watching at home to make comparisons to another popular police programme, Line of Duty. Plenty on social media shared comments and memes comparing the two.

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One person said: "Not being rude but these three would have solved it in one episode #TheTower," alongside a GIF of Line of Duty's AC-12 team including Steve Arnott, Kate Fleming and Ted Hastings. Another echoed this, writing: "Alexa, show me the ALDI version of Line of Duty. #TheTower."

A third viewer couldn't help but see the comparisons between DS Steve Arnott, who is played by Martin Compston in Line of Duty, to the Tower actor, Emmett J. Scanlan, who plays suspicious DI Kieran Shaw. They tweeted two stills from the show next to each other, along with the caption: "#TheTower if these two had an evil child!"

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What did you think of episode one?

Other viewers, however, were impressed by the first episode. One fan tweeted: "#TheTower Loved it, it's true to life and gripping. Nothing in policing is certain and this comes across. Nice to see the reality of policing for once and looking forward to the next episode."

A second echoed this, writing: "Well, that was gripping and went by so quickly! Love Gemma Whelan, too. Can't wait for the next ep. #TheTower."

The programme opened with tragic scenes depicting the death of a teenager and a police officer, introducing the two only witnesses – a five-year-old boy and a police officer, Lizzie, who disappears after the incident. The drama then sees the detective seek to track down Lizzie as Sarah tries to unpick the truth behind the tragedy.

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