Doctor Foster fans have been left awestruck as the BBC drama returned with an explosive first episode.
Suranne Jones reprised her role as scorned GP Dr Gemma Foster, who was plunged into fresh scenes of emotional torture as the second series opened with the return of her cheating husband Simon (Bertie Carvel).
The hour-long show on Tuesday night caught up with the characters two years after the first season of Mike Bartlett’s hit thriller, and saw the doctor already beginning to crack as her devious ex tried to use their own son Tom (Tom Taylor) as a pawn to torment her.
The show had undeniably taken a more sinister turn for its next season, with a tense hostile atmosphere between exes Simon and Gemma established early on in the programme.
Intrigued fans flocked to praise the programme’s return, with many commenting on how dark the show has turned in its second season.
And one especially impressed fan commenting on Twitter: “Was a bit concerned about how try could continue Doctor Foster but blooming heck was it thrilling, I’ve not been that in edge for a while.”
“Omg Doctor Foster is toooo good,” wrote one fan, and another posted: “Doctor Foster didn’t disappoint.”
One even commented: “Doctor Foster…Hands down the best program on telly!! #BossLady #WhatsInTheBox!”
Fans of the show also appeared unanimous in the verdict that Gemma’s ex Simon was still as frustrating and unlikeable as many considered him in the first season.
Watching Simon interact with Gemma for the first time in two years, many took to social media to express their dislike of his characher, with some saying they wanted to “punch Simon”.
Airing at 9pm on BBC 1, the beginning of the show also clashed with the last part of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off.
Some fans were left torn about whether to watch the beginning of the new series, or the end of Tuesday night’s Bake Off episode – but given the huge response to Doctor Foster, the BBC show was clearly a popular choice!
It also broadcast on the same evening as Jones’ recording of the CBeeBies’ Bedtime Story – aimed at a much younger audience.