The Responder viewers say 'it's fitting' as BBC announcement pays perfect tribute to Bernard Hill

The season two premiere of The Responder Chris Carson's story
The season two premiere of The Responder Chris Carson's story -Credit:BBC

Viewers of The Responder were emotional as the BBC paid tribute to acting legend Bernard Hill before tonight's episode.

Season two of the hit BBC drama got underway tonight as we picked up on Chris Carson's story as a first response officer on the streets of Liverpool. Martin Freeman has returned in the lead role and this season will chart the characters' attempts to rebuild his personal life.

In tonight's episode, fans were introduced to Chris's dad, who is played by acting legend, Bernard Hill. Tributes have flooded in today after it was confirmed the acting great had died aged 79.

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The BBC announcement before tonight's season premiere addressed the sad update, stating : "Now, with the brilliant actor Bernard Hill, who sadly passed away today. The new series of The Responder with very strong language and some scenes some you might find upsetting from the start."

Bernard was renowned for his role as Yosser Hughes in Alan Bleasdale's seminal TV drama 'Boys from the Blackstuff'. His work spanned six decades and he was also known for his role as Théoden, King of Rohan, in 'The Lord of the Rings' film trilogy, as well as Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 smash hit 'Titanic'.

Bernard Hill in tonight's episode of The Responder
Bernard Hill in tonight's episode of The Responder -Credit:BBC

Fans following the show on social media platform X paid tribute to the actor's incredible legacy. Andrew said: "Today of all days that “and Bernard Hill” in the titles is terribly sad to see. What an incredible actor."

Mark said: "Bernard Hill, may he rest in peace. A British acting legend. And the BBC had better be showing a repeat of Boys from the Blackstuff in tribute to him." Paul commented, alongside a tearful emoji: "Ahhh man. Bernard Hill was always so good."

Amie commented: "Aww Bernard." Lisa posted: "Awww Bernard Hill in #TheResponder so sad"

Louise posted: "It seems fitting that we mainly remember Bernard Hill from BFTBS and here he is on #TheResponder back in Liverpool for his last ever TV appearance. What an actor he was."

Joy added: "Couldn’t have had a more perfect tribute for Bernard Hill. Brilliant two-hander scene with Martin Freeman. Great writing"

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