ITV's murder mystery The Sister leaves viewers too scared to sleep
27th October 2020

ITV’s new supernatural thriller The Sister leaves viewers ‘freaked’ and too scared to ‘sleep without the light on’ as Russell Tovey’s Nathan is haunted by his wife’s dead sister in debut episode

  • ITV viewers were left ‘freaked’ and too scared to ‘sleep without the light on’
  • Following the debut of new murder mystery The Sister, which aired last night
  • The four-part thriller is adapted from Luther creator Neil Cross’ novel Burial 

ITV viewers have revealed they were left ‘freaked out’ and too scared to ‘sleep without the light on’ following the debut of new murder mystery The Sister.

The four-part thriller, adapted from Luther creator Neil Cross’ novel Burial, follows Nathan (played by Russell Tovey), who’s spent years trying to atone for a terrible mistake in his past, involving the death of his wife’s sister, Elsie (Simone Ashley).

But in last night’s episode, Nathan was visited by Bob (Bertie Carvel), a paranormal expert who is connected to the incident with Elsie, and who warned that they needed to move her body since a housing development plans to dig up the woodland area where she was buried.

Visiting Nathan a decade into his new marriage with wife Holly (Amrita Acharia), Bob appeared baffled after discovering his acquaintance had wed Elise’s sibling. 

While it’s currently unclear just what happened between Nathan, Bob and Elsie, viewers admitted the eerie scenes of the missing sister seemingly haunting the two men – with Bob admitting he had ‘seen’ and ‘heard’ her – left them struggling to sleep.

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The Sister, adapted from Luther creator Neil Cross’ novel Burial, follows Nathan (pictured left and right with Bertie Carvel’s Bob), who’s spent years trying to atone for a terrible mistake in his past, involving the death of his wife’s sister, Elsie

 But in last night’s episode, Nathan was visited by Bob (Bertie Carvel) (pictured together), a paranormal expert who is connected to the incident with Elsie, and who warned that they needed to move her body since a housing development plans to dig up the woodland area where she was buried

While it’s currently unclear just what happened between Nathan, Bob and Elsie, viewers (above) admitted the eerie scenes of the missing sister seemingly haunting the two men – with Bob admitting he had ‘seen’ and ‘heard’ her – left them struggling to sleep

‘Might have to sleep with the light on now’, one impressed viewer wrote, while another said: ‘A little bit freaked out watching this on my own.’

A third added: ‘The best programme that I’ve seen in ages. Very spooky, with all the hidden secrets of a Harlan Coben novel.’

A fourth wrote: ‘Catching up on The Sister and I absolutely love it. I find it terrifying! Russell Tovey is always outstanding.’

In the opening scenes, viewers saw a horrified Nathan open the door to Bob and question why his acquaintance had made an appearance at his home a decade after their mistake. 

Bob revealed that he wanted Nathan’s help to move Elsie’s body since a housing development planned to dig the area where she was buried up. 

Visiting Nathan a decade into his new marriage with wife Holly (Amrita Acharia) (pictured), Bob appeared baffled after discovering his acquaintance had wed Elise’s sibling 

 Reaction: Viewers (above) were quick to take to Twitter to praise the new ITV thriller for its ‘very spooky’ scenes

When in Nathan’s house, Bob was left bewildered to find he had married Elsie’s sibling Holly – despite the incident which occurred, and which was left unexplained to the viewer. 

Bob also posted a CD to Nathan, which sounds like only white noise, having been recorded in an empty room.

But eventually, after turning up the volume of the recording and playing it several times, Nathan heard Elsie’s voice seemingly say: ‘I’m not dead.’

However, Nathan refused to believe he was being haunted by the sibling – despite Bob insisting he had ‘seen’ her in his home.

At the end of the programme, viewers witnessed a flashback with Bob screaming at Nathan ‘What did you do? What did you do?’ while Elsie lies unconscious on the floor. 

Bob also posted a CD to Nathan (pictured), which sounds like only white noise, having been recorded in an empty room. But eventually, after turning up the volume of the recording and playing it several times, Nathan heard Elsie’s voice seemingly say: ‘I’m not dead.’

At the end of the programme, viewers witnessed a flashback with Bob screaming at Nathan (pictured centre) ‘What did you do? What did you do?’ while Elsie lies unconscious on the floor 

Reaction: Flashbacks between the incident with Elsie and the present left some viewers confused, while others suggested they were frustrated with the slow pace at which the plot was being revealed

However, the flashbacks between the incident with Elsie and the present left some viewers confused, while others suggested they were frustrated with the slow pace at which the plot was being revealed.

One person wrote: ‘Turned off halfway through,’ another said: ‘What did you say? Yawn #The Sister yawn, fell asleep there.’

A third added: ‘Not sure I can stuck with The Sister on ITV. Can’t hear what Russell Tovey is mumbling for starters and all this jumping back and forwards in time is just too confusing.’

Speaking to Radio Times, Luther creator Neil Cross said: ‘It’s one of my favourite stories. A tale of psychological suspense, of guilt and ghosts and murder. 

‘Oh, and love. Always love. Our job is to make viewers want to sleep with the lights on. We’re looking forward to it.’

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