British viewers have expressed their shock at the portrayal of the Famine in Sunday night's episode of Victoria.
The ITV drama focused on the Queen's reaction to the Famine in which a million Irish people were killed and a further two million emigrated.
Thousands of viewers tweeted their stunned reactions, admitting that they had learned very little about the Famine at school.
Horrifying learning about Potato Famine. Elitism, bigotry, leaders protecting their own interests over peoples lives. Genocide. #VictoriaITV— Bay Alden (@BayAlden) October 2, 2017
#VictoriaITV is a genuinely hard watch tonight. Half my family are Irish & I studied Irish history at A Level. It's incredibly complex.— Frankie Magpie (@Magpie_Dreams) October 1, 2017
Oof. #VictoriaITV was tough watching tonight. Famine sucks.— hashtags1ngle (@hashtags1ngle) October 1, 2017
Such a sad and moving episode of #Victoria last night on the Great Famine. One million dead; it should be taught in British schools.— James Beglin (@jamesbeg) October 2, 2017