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Viewers of Channel 5’s new Soham murders drama turn off because show makes Ian Huntley’s girlfriend ‘a victim’

Shola Lee

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Viewers of Channel 5’s new Soham murders drama turn off because show makes Ian Huntley’s girlfriend ‘a victim’

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'.

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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."

The new series focuses on the events from Carr's perspective. Credit: Channel 5
The new series focuses on the events from Carr's perspective. Credit: Channel 5

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."

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.

What are your thoughts on the new show?

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5/Shutterstock

Topics: True Crime, Channel 5

Shola Lee
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