Viewers of Channel 5's new true crime drama based on the Soham murders have been turning off mid-viewing due to Ian Huntley's girlfriend being portrayed as a 'victim'.
Watch the trailer for the new series here:
Maxine aired Monday night and takes a deep dive into Ian Huntley's horrific murder of 10-year-olds Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells back in 2002.
The three-part series unravels through the eyes of Huntley's girlfriend, Maxine Carr, and some haven't been left happy with the portrayal.
For those who are not familiar, Huntley, who worked as a school caretaker, lured the girls back to his home 20 years ago and killed them.
Carr, who worked as a teacher's assistant at the girl's school, was quickly dubbed Britain's Most Hated woman after covering up Huntley's crimes by creating a false alibi for him.
She even gave TV interviews about the girls, saying of Holly who had once made her a card: "That was the kind of girl she was, she was just really lovely."
Carr went on to say that Holly 'was just like a little angel', also adding that Jessica was a 'very funny' little girl.
So, people were pretty outraged that the show decided to focus on Maxine, as the series synopsis reads: "Revisiting the Soham murders through the eyes of school assistant Maxine Carr."
People took to Twitter to air their frustrations, with one viewer saying: "Watching a Channel 5 TV drama about Ian Huntley and I must be getting old cos I'm struggling not to find it all in the most absurdly bad taste."
Another user said they just switched off the show: "I turned off channel 5. One it’s bad acting but two it’s shocking there making Maxine carr look a victim. These are the victims #riphollyandjessica #maxine #channel5."
Disgusted that Channel 5 have made and are airing a drama about Maxine Carr.— Planet Beth (@PlanetBeth91) October 6, 2022
She covered up for Huntley. Stop glamourising this evil.
Another said: "Disgusted that Channel 5 have made and are airing a drama about Maxine Carr. She covered up for Huntley. Stop glamourising this evil."
While a confused fourth user wrote: "Are Channel 5 trying to make us feel sorry for Maxine Carr? A woman who lied & covered for her evil boyfriend A man who killed two beautiful children. It's 20 years since this horrendous & awful event & I don't think anyone needs to watch #Maxine."
LADbible has reached out to Channel 5 for comment.
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