Boat Story viewers brand dark comedy about cocaine smuggling 'the best thing the BBC has done in years' – and compare the 'twisted' and violent plot to Tarantino films
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
The BBC’s latest thriller Boat Story has been branded ‘incredible’ and a ‘masterpiece’ by fans.
The violent thriller, laced with black humour, which debuted last night, centres on two strangers who come across a hoard of drugs in a boat that’s washed ashore while out walking their dogs.
While the first episode aired last night on BBC1, the whole series dropped on BBC iPlayer, with some fans saying they ‘watched the whole show’ in one go and compared it to Quentin Tarantino films.
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, fans compared the show to a Hollywood blockbuster, calling it the best thing the BBC has made in years adding they were also shocked by the level of violence.
‘Boat Story’s first episode was excellent. Dark, funny, turn-the-page compelling,’ said one viewer.
The show tells the story of how Samuel (Peep Show’s Paterson Joseph) convinces Janet (Breeders’ Daisy Haggard) they should steal the drugs, sell them and split the proceeds.
It would ease gambling addict Samuel’s financial problems and present Janet with something that feels like good fortune after a run of terrible luck.
Yet their split-second decision upends their lives and soon their bucolic neighbourhood is being stalked by a sadistic drug lord, his machine gun-wielding gangsters and other murderous villains who are desperate to find out where the stash has gone.