Kiri viewers slam 'inaccurate' portrayal of hipflask-swigging social worker who takes her DOG to work in gritty new drama (and some aren't impressed by Sarah Lancashire's Bristolian accent)
- Channel 4's new drama series sees Sarah Lancashire play troubled social worker
- One scene sees her character Miriam adding alcohol to her coffee from hip flask
- Others pointed out it was unrealistic for social worker to take her dog to work
Furious social workers have criticised Channel 4's gritty new drama for portraying them as 'eccentric alcoholics'.
Kiri, which debuted on Wednesday evening, centres on Miriam (Sarah Lancashire), a hipflask-swigging social worker who is dragged into the harrowing case of a little girl's abduction.
But despite hailing the Happy Valley star's 'fabulous' performance, many viewers were enraged by her character drinking on the job and taking her dog Jesse to work.
Set in Bristol, the gritty four-part series follows the disappearance of Kiri during an unsupervised visit with her biological grandparents, Tobi and Rochelle.
Controversy: Despite hailing Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire's 'fabulous' performance, viewers were enraged by her character drinking on the job and taking her dog to work
With questions swirling around who is to blame, the finger of suspicion points to Miriam who soon finds herself in the centre of a media storm.
But viewers, among them real life social workers, pointed to perceived plot holes and 'inaccuracies' in the script, with one commenting: 'Did the script writers actually speak to any real social workers in the making of this?'
Eyebrows were also raised at Miriam's alcoholic tendencies with Vicky MacWilliam writing: 'Clearly according to this we all require alcoholic coffee in the morning, provide financially for people we used to work with and care more about keeping our dogs with us than supervising a pre-adoption visit. We're not that incompetent.'
Some raised questions about the way Miriam only found out about the missing child after being summoned to a police station.
Mixed reception: Viewers pointed to plot holes and 'inaccuracies' in the script, with one tweeting: 'Did the script writers actually speak to any real social workers in the making of this?'
Sophie Emptage wrote: 'Why [would you] sit on a park bench eating sandwiches whilst a child on your case load is missing?'
However others praised the drama for examining the pressure that social workers endure, with one commenting: 'It definitely reflects how easily things can go wrong, and how as a social worker you can become solely accountable for decisions despite the chain of command.'
Others applauded Lancashire's 'gripping' performance, admitting they were 'hooked' on the new series already - despite some doubts over the actress's 'shambolic' Bristolian accent.
Positive feedback: Others praised the drama for examining the pressure that social workers are under, with one writing: 'It definitely reflects how easily things can go wrong'
One Twitter user labelled formner Coronation Street star Lancashire as 'fecking fabulous', and directed a tweet at social workers saying: 'I don't remember barmaids up in arms because she was pulling pints the wrong way in the Rovers Return.'
In a press release last year, the show's creators described main character Miriam as an 'experienced' social worker who has 'a maverick and instinctive approach to protecting the children in her care'.
Written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne, the drama examines the disappearance and death of a young black girl, Kiri, played by Felicia Mukusa, who is soon-to-be-adopted by her white foster family.
Sarah Lancashire as Miriam. Despite questions over the accuracy of the story line, viewers praised the Happy Valley star's gritty portrayal of a children's social worker in Bristol
Written by Jack Thorne, the drama examines the disappearance and death of a young black girl, Kiri, played by Felicia Mukusa, who is soon-to-be-adopted by her white foster family
Not all bad: Many viewers were impressed with Sarah Lancashire's 'fabulous' performance
She is presumed to have been abducted by her biological father, a drug dealer with a criminal record - and the blame soon falls to Miriam for not carrying out proper safety assessments.
Thorne said: 'My mum spent most of her life in the caring professions and I've always wanted to find a way of examining the pressures they are put under.
'I'm so grateful as always for the bravery and brilliance of Channel 4 in being prepared to look these issues in the face.'
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