Some shows were just meant for binge-watching, and that certainly seems to be the case for Channel 4's The Curse, after the first episode aired on Sunday evening.
Starring the People Just Do Nothing team as well as King Gary's Tom Davis, the new six-part series follows a gang of criminals who carry out a robbery, but end up getting themselves into a huge mess due to their own stupidity.
The series is set in the East End of London during the early 1980s, where times are tough and many people are in poverty. As a result of this, some are turning to crime as a way out of their situations.
Episode one introduces us to Albert Fantoni (Allan Mustafa) and his wife Natasha (Emer Kenny ) who run a greasy spoon cafe and are down on their luck.
Their lives change for good though when one evening Albert, Phil Pocket (Hugo Chegwin), a wannabe gangster, and washed-up ex-boxer Mick Neville (Tom Davis) meet up with Natasha's brother Sidney at their local pub.
Sidney reveals that he has a new job at a warehouse that handles cash shipments. Security there is pretty much non-existent, and he claims he can let them in for a fool-proof robbery.
They're expecting to grab themselves upwards of £50,000, so this team of misfits are particularly taken aback when they arrive and find boxes of gold worth over £30 million. Unable to resist the temptation, they take it and escape, but this decision will have dire consequences.
Fans of the series were unable to stop after episode one, with many people taking to Twitter to reveal they have binge-watched all six episodes and some are evening calling for a second season.
Just binged #thecurse absolutely brilliant! Really funny with exceptional charactersFebruary 6, 2022
Bloody loved #TheCurse, just finished binge watching the full series, So good. 🤣February 7, 2022
Thought I’d watch just one episode of #TheCurse before bed but now I have stay up and binge watch the rest 🙃February 6, 2022
Loving #TheCurse binge watching it all, on my night shift! Great to see Geoff bell and @AmbreenRazia in action 😃👍February 6, 2022
Watched the first episode of The Curse last night. Really enjoyed it. Great Era, Great location and a Great soundtrack too. Shall binge the rest tonight on @All4 @BigTomD @seapa220 #thecurse #80s #80scasualclassicsFebruary 7, 2022
#TheCurse roll on series 2…February 6, 2022
Well just binged #TheCurse with @BigTomD what a gem of a series! Loved every minute! Laughed all the way through and spent the last five minutes shouting at Mick to Run!!! Please let there be a season 2!February 6, 2022
The Curse is loosely inspired by an infamous robbery from the early 1980's, where six men raided a depot near one of London's airports thinking they'd walk away with £50,000 in cash, only to stumble across seven thousand bars of gold, worth millions!
Viewers will have to head to All4 or wait patiently for the next episode to find out what happens to our gang of misfits after discovering all that gold, but it's definitely not going to be an easy ride...
The Curse continues on C4 at 10pm on Saturday 12th February, with all episodes available on-demand via All4.
Lucy joined the WhatToWatch.com team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.
She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story and Black Mirror, but recently she's loving everything about Apple TV's Severance.
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