The first episode of BBC drama Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham, aired last night and viewers were all saying the same thing. After watching the episode people were left feeling “stressed”, similar to the film with the same name.
A series if a sequel to the 2021 film, focusing on a popular London restaurant around Christmas time. The drama is a four part series and has the same pressure cooker feeling as we watch scenes play out in a busy fine dining restaurant.
Graham’s character is a head chef whose who is a commanding presence in the kitchen, but with his own issues that sometimes leak into the kitchen.
Similarly the main character in this series, Graham’s character Andy’s old sous chef, Carly, played by Vinette Robinson, is now running a restaurant the old team, whilst Andy struggles with his demon’s whilst sat at home.
Robinson has Andy’s original team, and in the new Boiling Point series she feels the pressure and responsibility of running her own kitchen.
Sunday night’s episode was the first in the series and left viewers feeling the same way. Many took to X (Twitter) to vent their feelings about how stressed it made them.
One viewer wrote: “Boiling Point was an hour of stress. Class first episode.”
Another used the ben Affleck smoking meme with the caption: “stressed out just watching the kitchen staff in Boiling Point.”
And a third wrote:“Boiling Point is too much stress man”, with someone else joking that “maybe the news will be more relaxing.”
Stephen Graham’s character is more in the background this series. Speaking to Graham Norton, Graham’s explained:
“There is not enough working-class drama on our screens and with our own production company we’re in a position to make that happen.
“This time I am not front and centre because we wanted to give others their moment in the sun.”
Other actors from the film include Ray Panthaki, Gary Lamont, Áine Rose Daly, Taz Skylar, Daniel Larkai, Stephen McMillan, Hannah Traylen and Izuka Hoyle.
New cast members include Stephen Odubola, Shaun Fagan, Joel MacCormack and Ahmed Malek. BAFTA award-winner Cathy Tyson and fresh actor Missy Haysom.
If you’d like to catch up on the first episode or binge the rest of the series. Head over to BBC iPlayer now.