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'Depressing' Brexit drama proves a turn-off for viewers

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Television viewers threatened to switch off drama Brexit: The Uncivil War last night - because it was too "depressing".

The programme about the 2016 referendum campaign, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Vote Leave strategist Dominic Cummings, aired on Channel 4.

While many people thought the programme was done brilliantly, some thought the subject matter did not make for a pleasant evening's viewing.

One person posted on Twitter: "I'd watch Brexit: The Uncivil War but good as it is, it's just so cripplingly depressing."

"Not sure watching Brexit: The Uncivil War is a good idea," said another. "It's b****y depressing. Made my headache worse and I'm struggling not to chuck things at the TV."

"I really can't watch this. Horrifying," posted another.

One viewer said: "Think I'm gonna have to turn off Brexit: The Uncivil War. Every decision, every choice, every fork in the referendum road that could have been taken differently. When you know the outcome it's just two hours of 'if only'."

"Turning off Brexit: The Uncivil War as it's making me sad. Ignorance is bliss eh," tweeted one viewer.

Others likened the drama to a horror film. "Sorry The Shining - I've now decided Brexit: The Uncivil War is the greatest horror movie of all time (even if 5% of its plot is true)," posted one.

There were also viewers who felt it was not the right time for the programme. One tweeted: "I won't lie,this all feels a little too soon."

"It's too early to dramatise it," said another.

Written by James Graham, the drama also starred Rory Kinnear, John Heffernan and Liz White.

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