Note: The following article contains discussion of child abuse and sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
BBC One's Dark Money wrapped up tonight (July 16) and definitely left viewers with mixed feelings.
If you weren't aware, the drama covers the difficult topic of child sex abuse in Hollywood, something which has been coming to light more and more in recent years.
In tonight's finale, parents Manny and Sam (Babou Ceesay and Jill Halfpenny) faced the pressure of coming clean about their son's abuse, and pushback from both those wanting to keep the truth buried and those who would criticise them for it happening in the first place.
For a while, it looked like Manny was going to take things into his own hands and murder producer Jotham Starr, but thankfully he didn't actually go through with it.
Meanwhile, a bunch of parents and workers at the production company broke their NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) to come forward over the abuse.
While it looked like things were heading for a happy ending, we never actually found out if Starr got convicted of his crimes or not.
Viewers were not happy with the lack of resolution, saying the solid drama deserved a less abrupt ending and/or needed more episodes to give them closure (tweets contain strong language):
What happened to Jotham? Needed conclusion. Disappointed with the ending #DarkMoney— RiRo (@Savvi6) July 16, 2019
#DarkMoney— Dee (@dalkey04) July 16, 2019
Enjoyed that, but there was another couple of episodes in it....
#DarkMoney well that was a completely **** ending. Didn’t bother to finish it properly questions unanswered.— Ben Gillam 🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@bengillam) July 16, 2019
What a heart breaking and gut wrenching drama #DarkMoney was. Not sure about the ending. We needed more closure. Bravo to the cast though!— JLW (@jesswilliams_ox) July 16, 2019
Let down by the ending, up until that point good acting and plot.— Paul Radford (@MrPaulRadford) July 16, 2019
Can I have those 4 hours of my life back please. #DarkMoney
We are to assume that the prosecution was successful and he’s in prison? #DarkMoney— Erasmo Recchioni (@Erasmo2058) July 16, 2019
Dark Money is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.
Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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