BBC drama The Split slammed by real-life legal eagles

Solicitors flood Twitter with criticism

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Divorce lawyers have trashed new BBC1 drama The Split as “unrealistic” and “absolutely shocking”.

The show centres on a firm of female divorce solicitors and stars Nicola Walker as Hannah, who has quit the family business to join one of its competitors, causing ructions between her mother and sister.

Events take a dramatic turn when their long-last father, played by Anthony Head, turns up for the first time in three decades.

Nicola Walker plays Hannah (Credit: BBC/Sister Pictures/Mark Johnson)

But experts were left “rolling their eyes” and couldn’t get past the “inaccurate” portrayal of the legal profession to focus on the story, with many vowing never to watch again.

Elizabeth Matfin, head of family law at Coles Solicitors, tweeted: “Massively cringing at #TheSplit.

“So glad the vast majority of #familylaw #divorce #lawyers #familylawsolicitors are nothing like this and for that matter neither are our offices. Why are they speaking like written arguments?”

Stephen Mangan’s character walking into the door frame was “the best bit” (Credit: BBC/Sister Pictures/Mark Johnson)

Her colleague, Terina Kiss, agreed, adding: “Who on earth were the legal advisors to the BBC for this programme! Absolutely shocking!”

Read more: All about BBC divorce drama The Split with Nicola Walker

Razia Jogi, divorce lawyer and director at Switalskis Solicitors, wrote: “‘Child access’ referred to in the first ten mins & I gnash my teeth in response.”

Family and children law barrister Jack Harrison posted: “Don’t even get me started on tonight’s episode of #TheSplit.”

Nina, played by Annabel Scholey, with Hannah (Credit: BBC/Sister Pictures/Sophie Mutevelian)

Professional divorce coach Danielle Barbereau added: “Found #TheSplit on BBC1 totally detached from reality and full of clichés.

“A wasted opportunity to reveal the work of family lawyers and dispel myths.”

Solicitors agreed with the assessment of one viewer who said: “Best bit was when @StephenMangan walked into the door frame.”

Mathew Baynton and Tanya Franks as Rex and Sarah Pope (Credit: BBC/Sister Pictures/Sophie Mutevelian)

Other legal experts flooded Twitter to slam the drama.

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* The Split continues on BBC1 at 9pm next Tuesday.

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Nancy Brown
Associate Editor

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