The Replacement viewers are SO scared of Vicky McClure

Justin Harp
Photo credit: BBC/Left Bank

From Digital Spy

The chilling mystery at the heart of BBC One's The Replacement only got more disturbing in its second episode.

The series that many viewers are calling one of the best new dramas of the year drip-fed its mystery last week, as architect Ellen Rooney (Morven Christie) slowly started suspecting that her maternity cover Paula Reece (Vicky McClure) was trying to steal her life.

As it turns out, Ellen's suspicion proved to be more than just paranoia when her best friend turned up dead - and Paula emerged as a possible suspect (at least in Ellen's mind).

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The slow-burn drama rapidly spiraled in Tuesday's (March 7) second episode as Ellen returned to work determined to prove that Paula was a murderer hiding a dark past.

Although her initial investigation hit brick wall after brick wall, Ellen finally got up the courage by episode's end to confront Paula after her scheming rival called in a fake child welfare allegation.

Was The Replacement episode able to live up to the hype of last week's belter? Fans have been offering their first reactions on social media all throughout the episode.

One thing we can all agree on: we're scared shitless of Paula.

And is Paula's baby real? And what about the older one Caris? Nobody's quite sure:

When the series was first announced, star Morven Christie differentiated The Replacement from other TV thrillers because it's been by Ultraviolet and Doctor Who's Joe Ahearne.

"Joe's scripts are full of tension, and it's a genuine thrill to be given the opportunity not only to play this deliciously rich character, but to do so in my hometown with this extraordinary cast," Christie explained.

Photo credit: BBC/Left Bank

"I feel so honoured to be part of this wonderful team, bringing these complex and compelling scripts to life."

We'll see if Joe Ahearne can stick the landing as The Replacement concludes its three-episode run next Tuesday (March 14) at 9pm on BBC One.

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