The Gallows Pole viewers all have the same complaint about BBC period drama's debut | The Sun

THE Gallows Pole BBC Two series has shocked some viewers who were put off by the amount of foul language used.

Inspired by the 2017 novel The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers, this small-screen adaptation comes from Shane Meadows, the driving force behind the cult film and subsequent series, This Is England. 

The first episode, of three, premiered on BBC Two last night (May 31) , with all three episodes available on BBC iPlayer.

The show follows the true-life tale of a gang of coin clippers led by David Hartley in the 18th-century in West Yorkshire. 

David is played by actor Michael Socha who also starred in Shane's This Is England.

The show has been met with mixed responses, with viewers commenting online about the swearing.

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One viewer tweeted: "#TheGallowsPole so disappointed. BBC doing period drama should have been so good, but it's like watching a school play, where all the kids have forgotten their lines so are making it up on the spot and swearing a lot because the teachers can't do anything about it."

Room for improvement, an onlooker added: "With an actual script, this could have been loads better. I have no problem with the swearing like some others seem to, the improvised dialogue just didn't work for me. I thought it was awful. #TheGallowsPole."

Another compared it to a popular comedy show known for its expletive language. They said: "I'm sure the Mrs Brown's Boys fans will love it, gave up on #TheGallowsPole, not for me. Predictable assuming working classes would just swear a lot."

Although the language used wasn't for everyone, the show proved popular for some.

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"Give it a chance and get over yourselves. It's Shane Meadows. Of course there's going to be f***ing swearing! #TheGallowsPole," a BBC viewer said.

Another echoed this and said: "Oh no, swearing' It's Shane Meadows, not Bake Off, you bedwetters #TheGallowsPole."

A third shared: "Loved #TheGallowsPole. Very affectionate portrayal of the working class north from Shane Meadows as usual.

"For the little sausages complaining about the “historically inaccurate” swearing, the first attestation of the word “f***” was in 1475. Go watch Downton if you don’t like it."

The Gallows Pole airs on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.

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