MANHUNT viewers blamed the ITV voiceover for ruining last night’s finale after he announced the killer was Levi Bellfield before the programme began.
However, Bellfield’s horrific crimes had already received major national news coverage and the drama based on the killer was never billed as a whodunnit?
This didn’t stop some viewers from complaining about the ‘spoiler’ on Twitter.
Comments read: “@ITV well done to the introducer of Manhunt who announced the name of the killer just before tonight’s episode #idiot.
“Forgot the case of #Manhunt so didn’t remember the murders were linked or the name of the murderer and before the second one even started it @ITV announcer guy f*****g ruined it! #fuming.
“Noseyness in me googled who killed Millie Dowler after watching that Manhunt n I’ve just ruined the f***in programme for myself 🙂 don’t recommend dain that x.
“@ITV thanks for the spoiler ffs 🙈#manhunt #serialkiller #arrest.
“#itv #Anglia news Spoiler 🚨 alert. Just explained the whole story! #manhunt.
“Jade is annoyed as she didn’t realise #Manhunt was a true story and apparently ITV ruined it by saying they catch Levi Bellfield.”
The drama, which starred Martin Clunes as DCI Sutton, the detective working on the case, has been much talked about online, but many social media users are criticising the show for giving the killer any attention.
Stacey Newburn tweeted: “Levi Bellfield will be sitting in his cell gloating they finally made a tv series about everything evil he ever did! Scum”.
And a reply to her tweet said: “I refuse to watch this. Why give him a reason to gloat?”
Lisa agreed, tweeting: “makes me so angry #levibellfield is getting any exposure!!”
Hannah wrote: “The most sickening thing about this all is that Levi Bellfield is probably in prison watching this… he should have no air time.”
The brother of Levi Bellfield’s victim’s has spoken out about the drama, saying there’s “no need” for it to be televised.
Jack McDonnell, 21, said: “I don’t understand why this programme needed to be made. People might be curious about the story, but I don’t think it needs to be re-told.
“It was a very difficult period for all involved and we don’t like dwelling on it. We want to move past it, so we are consciously ignoring the show.”
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But not everyone was of the same opinion, Twitter user Paul Yearly wrote: “Liking the fact that this is a true story, they’re not glamourising or sensationalising the murder itself, instead focusing on the investigation and the events after the event.”
Manhunt is the real life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.
With the full co-operation of ex DCI Colin Sutton, Manhunt dramatises his fight to find Amelie’s killer.