BLOODLANDS viewers have been left raging as they brand the finale 'farcical and disappointing'.
Those who switched on to watch the Sunday night BBC thriller complained – 'that's four hours I'll never get back'.
James Nesbitt, 58, takes on the role of Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick in the gritty drama.
The story is set in the fallout of The Troubles – a period of conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted around 30 years, from the late 1960s until the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
During the last few weeks viewers have watched as Tom tries to get to the bottom of a cold case connected to the disappearance of his own wife.
With the series full of cover-ups, kidnappings and brutal murders throughout, the finale revealed exactly who the mystery assassin Goliath was.
And some viewers appeared less than impressed to discover that Goliath was in fact Brannick all along.
One wrote: "that’s four hours of my life I will never get back #Bloodlands".
"Bloodlands what was that ending? Disappointing," added another.
While a third commented: "Well thats 4 hours over the last 4 Sundays il never get back … #Bloodlands"
An unimpressed viewer said: "Bloodlands was utter pish. Bad acting and a plot that tried to be a lot more clever that it was able for.
"A forgettable and regrettable mess of a programme."
But it's not been all bad news for the drama from Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio, with a second series already announced.
Bloodlands is the first offering from Mercurio’s production company HTM Television.
Written by Chris Brandon it launched with an average of 8.2 million viewers.
Mercurio said: "Everyone at HTM Television is thrilled our debut production has been recommissioned.
"It's a tribute to the quality of Chris Brandon's writing, the hard work of our crew and the brilliant performance of our cast led by James Nesbitt.
"We're grateful for the outstanding support we've received from the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen and can't wait to reward Bloodlands fans with another twisty case for Brannick and co."
Nesbitt added: “I’m thrilled that viewers responded to Bloodlands so positively and that we will be returning for a second series.
"I’m always happy to be back in Northern Ireland and to reveal even more about Tom Brannick.”
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