The Circle favourite Tim divides fans after he declares love of Margaret Thatcher

Rianne Houghton
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Professor of theology, writer of puns, and owner of cats, it's not difficult to see why The Circle's Tim Wilson fast became a favourite with fans – until now.

Although beloved by viewers for his eccentricity, his emotional response to Brexit, and his uncanny similarity to Robin Williams, Tim threw that all away in yesterday's (October 9) episode, where he revealed an unexpected political opinion.

During a discussion about politics, Tim admitted that he "adored" former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, something that has "disappointed" fans left, right, and centre (but especially left and centre).

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Struggling to align Tim's support of Thatcher particularly as a gay man, viewers shared their dismay on Twitter. "Watching #TheCircle and am pretty disappointed that Tim is such a Thatcher fan," one wrote. "We were having such a lovely time, Tim."

Another hoped Tim would reconsider, saying "Please don't ruin it for yourself, Tim." "Nah, Tim likes Thatcher? Bugger that. Tim is cancelled," another added.

Not everyone was quick to cancel the 58 year old, however, with one viewer arguing that "we are all entitled to an opinion" and that his decision "to state an unpopular view" was an admirable one.

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Others were unconvinced entirely: "Is it only me that thought Tim's Thatcher comment was to see people's reaction rather than him being a thatcherite?" one suspicious fan asked.

We wouldn't put it past him.

Elsewhere on The Circle, Tim came alarmingly close to sussing out the show's latest twist, guessing almost immediately that 'Joyce' was a catfish. Far from being an older woman, 'Joyce' is actually the creation of Beth and Jack, who were recently blocked.

The Circle continues tonight (October 10) at 10pm on Channel 4.

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