ITV viewers flooded Twitter with complaints on Monday night during the first episode of the high-profile thriller Our House after the channel “collapsed” and shut down.
After weeks of preview ads, the four-part series, starring Martin Compston and Tuppence Middleton, has debuted in the 9 p.m. primetime slot, where it will air for four consecutive nights this week.
Our House, based on the book of the same name by Louise Candlish, tells the story of Fi, who arrives home one day to see strangers moving into her house.
As she begs the movers to stop moving their furniture into what, she is adamant, it’s still her home, Fi tries but fails to get in touch with her husband Bram.
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If you’ve read the novel, you’ll know Our House requires a lot of focus as it switches time between past and present quite often, with the action quickly jumping back to when Fi and Bram first moved into the house. .
But, much like Fi found her husband cheating on her with a neighbour, many viewers were literally left in the dark when ITV went black, only to return to normal more than five minutes later.
Taking to Twitter, one of those affected fumed: “Aaaah what did we just miss @ITV???? It turns off for #Our house and now we don’t know what happened!!!” illustrating their point with angry face emojis.
Knowing the same problem, another criticizes: “What did I just miss at home? The TV screen has been black for 10 minutes?” and, equally puzzled and unimpressed, a third posted: “So something happened and he was doing something with someone! Do I know who. I have no clue because that ITV crashed in the middle of the Our House drama.”
Hours away from the launch of Our House, Martin Compston took to Twitter to tell fans to expect a few “stressful” nights.
He wrote: “‘Our house’ starts tonight on @ITV 9 p.m. 4 episodes over the next 4 nights. It’s probably best to get over it in a week with the stress coming.”
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