'Angela Black' viewers work out CHILLING theory after gripping first episode

Angela Black stars Joanne Froggatt
'Angela Black' fans were left on the edge of their seats last night. (Image credit: ITV)

Brand new Sunday night psychological thriller, Angela Black, arrived on ITV last night, and fans are convinced they have already worked out a HUGE twist. 

The drama, starring Downton Abbey favourite Joanne Froggat in the titular role, is a chilling portrayal of domestic violence which saw main character Angela subjected to harrowing violence at the hands of her husband within the first five minutes of the episode. 

But, while Anglea tried to cover up what was happening at home by blaming her injuries on an accident with a door, it soon became apparent there was another sinister layer to this drama when a mysterious stranger called Ed started following Angela. 

Ed and Angela in Angela Black

Angela was shocked to be tracked down by the mysterious Ed, who told her sinister things about her abusive husband.  (Image credit: ITV)

Eventually, Ed admitted that he'd been hired by Angela's husband, Olivier, to dig up dirt on her that he could use to get custody of the couple's two boys when he filed for divorce.

However, that wasn't the biggest twist in the first episode of the new drama. Ed later appeared at Angela's window one night in the middle of a storm to convince her that Olivier was ramping up his plan and now wanted her dead.

Ed and Angela in Angela Black

Ed turned up at Angela's house in the middle of a storm.  (Image credit: ITV)

Of course, it isn't clear if Ed can be trusted, with Angela struggling to believe anything that this stranger tells her. 

Fans are convinced there is definitely something sinister about Ed, with some wondering if he even exists...

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And it seems viewers might have a point, because if you watch back in any scene that has Ed in it, no one but Angela seems to know he is there, let along look in his direction or talk to him. 

So could he be a figment of her imagination? Or is abusive Olivier really trying to bump off his own wife so that he gets custody of the kids? 

Ed and Angela in Angela Black

It seems that Angela is the only one who knows Ed is there...  (Image credit: ITV)

Other fans think that Ed is up to no good and could be double bluffing Angela into thinking he is on her side... 

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With another five episodes still to go in this thriller, it is safe to say there are plenty more twists and turns to come... but can Ed be trusted? 

Joanne Froggatt, who plays Angela recently told us: "By the time we go through the six episodes, the audience will have been through shocks and surprises.

"At first Angela's freaked out by Ed. But she sees him as a lifeline and thinks, ‘Maybe this person’s going to help me..’ And then obviously, things unfold…”

Angela Black airs Sunday nights on ITV at 9pm. You can catch up on missed episodes on ITV Hub. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.