BBC comedy Scarborough has divided fans despite only being on for two episodes.

Jason Manford and Catherine Tyldsley’s new show revolves around the lives of a group of friends who regularly meet up in a pub for karaoke on a Friday night.

The six-part drama follows the rollercoaster relationship of Mike (Jason Mandford) and Karen (Catherine Tyldsley), who are on the rocks after Mike snogged Hayley Cox (Claire Sweeney) behind a crab stab after a night of singing in The Good Ship pub.

The smooch also didn’t please Hayley’s boyfriend Tony Peroni (Jake Canuso) who’s back in town after a stint behind bars.

Jason Manford stars in BBC comedy Scarborough

The series caused controversy when it’s first episode aired last week for sharing jokes about paedophile Jimmy Savile.

Viewers panned the show, written by Benidorm’s Derren Litten, for a using cheap jokes about the former BBC star.

The second episode which aired tonight received a mediocre reaction from fans.

One fan tweeted: “Second episode. Still straight-faced.”

Catherine and Jason star in Scarborough

Another added: “Is Scarborough meant to be funny? I haven’t laughed yet.”

A Third said: “Scarborough has plenty of situation but no comedy as yet. I’ve seen funnier episodes of Crossroads.”

But some fans have described the BBC One drama as their new favourite show.

One viewer said: “Scarborough is honestly my new favourite tv series.”

Claire Sweeney plays Hayley Cox in the drama

Another tweeted: “Scarborough is great. “I didn’t watch last week but I like this new programme. I like the writing and the character’s especially the women. Love Stephanie Cole.”

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Scarborough returns to BBC One next Friday at 9.30pm.



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