TV drama leaves British viewers shocked by reality of Great Irish Famine

'Victoria' episode leaves British viewers shocked by reality of Great Irish FamineLast night’s episode of ITV drama Victoria left many of its viewers shocked as it concentrated on the reality of the Great Irish Famine. Although this period of history is covered by the British education system, many viewers were shocked to hear the extent of the suffering borne by Irish people during this horrific time. The famine began in 1845 when blight destroyed the potato crop, it has been estimated that one million people died during the four-year famine and a further two million emigrated from the country. Last night, many Twitter users expressed their horror at what the Irish nation endured at this time while others praised Victoria’s scriptwriters and producers for dealing with the subject in such a forthright and honest manner. (Source: