Viewers of the BBC’s version of The ABC Murders have taken aim at the show for its "grim perversion."
The Christmas show follows one of Agatha Christie’s most famed detectives, Hercule Poirot, as he investigates murders following a complicated format, with each one being almost forewarned to him by the murderer himself, known only as A.B.C.
Poirot receives regular letters from the murderer to warn him of his next killings, all of which correspond with a letter of the alphabet.
But fans of the crime writer were not in any way convinced by the newest adaptation, which they felt showed some "grim perversion" which was not represented in the book, according to many viewers at home.
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The moment which seemed to particularly upset people was when the "assumed killer," a young man living in a boarding house in London, wanted to "feel pain" by having a young woman walk on his back.
But not only did he want her to walk on him, but to stick her heels deep into wounds on his back, which began to bleed as the festering pustules were filled with the thick heel of a ladies’ shoe.
He also asked for the woman in question to blindfold him, tying up his eyes with stockings as he leant foward to allow her to walk all over him.
Fans were not impresed by this version at all, with many taking to social media to share their anger and upset, especially after seeing a man stabbed in the head before he fell to the floor into his own urine.
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One viewer said: "Whoever at the BBC decided this butchered version of # abcmurders should be made needs an extra present, a P45"
Another said: "Agatha would be turning in her grave….this is worse than Se7en… # ABCMurders # BBC"
A third added: "# ABCMurders Seriously?????? Perversion was NOT a Christie trademark!"
Another joined in the outrage, saying: "So I was wrong to think that # ABCMurders could get any worse. This is horrible and absolutely rubbish, BBC should be ashamed."
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A fifth joked: "The imagery in # ABCMurders is grim! Do not watch while eating pizza"
Viewers also objected to the amount of blood and "grisly" moments in the show, which had everything from a woman vomiting blood to a man having an epileptic fit after being seen vomiting egg into his sink.
Poirot himself is also subject to horrific flashbacks of a horrendous shooting and the sight of a young man screaming, though the source of this will likely be fully revealed in the final episode.
The ABC Murders finishes at 9pm on BBC1 on Friday.
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