After weeks of commercials, the new ITV drama Viewpoint made its highly anticipated debut on Monday night, with millions tuning in for their first glimpse.
Shot in Manchester last year, the thriller follows surveillance agent Martin Young as he takes over the home of mum and secret voyeur Zoe Sterling in an attempt to shed light on the missing teacher. Gemma Hillman.
With Gemma’s boyfriend Greg the prime suspect, Martin uses Zoe’s apartment to get a clear view of the couple’s house across the street.
Viewpoint Episode 1 saw Greg being grilled by Martin’s former colleagues at CID, with flashbacks revealing that something traumatic was at the root of Martin’s decision to go on surveillance.
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Former Coronation Street star and Strictly contestant Catherine Tyldesley is also part of Viewpoint’s cast as Kate Tuckman, a character many viewers immediately became suspicious of having something to hide.
The first episode ended on a real cliff hanger as, against Martin’s orders, Zoe accepted Greg’s offer of a drink and headed for his house.
How many Viewpoint episodes are there?
Monday’s conclusion set things up nicely for Tuesday night Episode 2 and there is FIVE Viewpoint episodes in total, with some fans already dubbing it “ the new line of duty. ”
Breaking with tradition, they will be broadcast for five consecutive nights, the last on Friday April 30.
A teaser for Episode 2 reads: “Martin goes on a mission to dig deeper into Carl Tuckman’s murky past, in the hopes of finding any clues that could be linked to Gemma’s disappearance.”
While some viewers were instantly addicted to Viewpoint, others quickly gave up on it, one Twitter user far from impressed: “I felt like @itv excited #Point of view dropping ads since Jan / Feb, but thought I’d give it a chance, because getting too close was good. Took 15 minutes to watch channel 4 instead. ”
Okay another posted: “Sometimes the itv drama hits and sometimes it misses. I can stick with it but predict I’ll be done by Wednesday”