A scene from Maxine, currently streaming on Netflix

Soham murders drama Maxine blasted by Netflix viewers: ‘No one needed her story’

Are real-life true crime events suitable material for TV dramas?

Soham murders drama Maxine, which has been released on Netflix, has been slammed by viewers.

The three-part series originally aired on Channel 5 last year, and is still available to watch on the broadcaster’s catch-up service.

But Maxine becoming available on streaming giant Netflix has opened it up to more viewers around the world.

Furthermore, many have found it “uncomfortable” how they perceive the portrayal of Maxine Carr‘s involvement in the 2002 murders of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman to be in the dramatisation.

Additionally, one unhappy observer blasted the true crime show: “No one needed Maxine Carr’s story.”

A scene from Maxine, currently streaming on Netflix
Jemma Carlton, right, played Maxine Carr, and Scott Reid took on the role of Ian Huntley (Credit: YouTube)

Maxine on Netflix

Huntley was convicted of the murder of both girls, and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment.

He attempted to cover up the murders – and fiancée Carr provided a fake alibi, saying he was at home with her at the time of the murders.

She was subsequently jailed for three-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice. But recent viewers have been troubled by the production of the TV drama.

One social media user claimed as they complained: “One thing the UK will do instead of changing laws and taking responsibility for heinous crimes – reconstruct the events in a Netflix/BBC/ITV drama. No one needed Maxine Carr’s story.”

A scene from Maxine, currently streaming on Netflix
A scene from Maxine, currently streaming on Netflix (Credit: YouTube)

How viewers of Maxine on Netflix have reacted on social media

Others had strong reactions to how they felt Carr may have been depicted sympathetically.

“Not a fan on the new series of #Maxine on Netflix… why is she been portrayed as a victim, like to feel sorry for her?” one Twitter user asked.

Additionally, another pondered: “Watching #Maxine on Netflix. Seems to try and portray Maxine Carr as a victim. Uncomfortable watching.”

This is grim watching.

Furthermore, a third person agreed: “This is grim watching. Are we meant to feel sorry for Maxine? #Maxine #Netflix.”

Meanwhile, someone else had mixed feelings on how Maxine was produced, and the source of the drama.

“So I brought myself to watch #Maxine. About half way through,” they wrote.

“For the first 10 minutes all I could think about was how undeserving these characters are of being represented on film. Still, now, I’m gripped. Brilliant acting. Innovative direction. Great writing. Tortured heart.”

Read more: Who plays Maxine Carr and Ian Huntley in Netflix true crime drama?

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Robert Leigh
Freelance writer