Black Narcissus viewers praise Dame Diana Rigg’s final TV role before death

BBC One three-part drama Black Narcissus , starring Gemma Arterton, concluded on Tuesday night to very mixed reviews.

But all viewers could agree on the incredible performance of the late Dame Diana Rig, who died from lung cancer in September 2020, aged 81.

Her tole as Mother Dorothea was the last she filmed before she died, though she still has another role filmed that has yet to hit our screens.

The legendary actress will also be playing Miss Collins in film Last Night in Soho , which is due to be released next year.

Diana Rigg played Mother Dorothea

Many viewers praised her performance and pointed out how poignant it was to see her back on our screens.

One tweeted: “Diana Rigg’s last role. What an impact. What a legacy. #BlackNarcissus “.

Another added: “Watching new drama #BlackNarcissus on @BBCOne giving it a go starring the wonderful Dame Diana Rigg in her last role #relaxing#newdrama#DianaRigg “.

Diana Rigg died in September 2020 after a battle with lung cancer

“It’s good to see & hear #DianaRigg in her last TV role, as Mother Superior in #BlackNarcissus, penned another.

Sadly, the show itself did not win rave reviews as many viewers criticised the pace and “lacklustre” plot.

One tweeted: “Ok, I am half way through the 2nd episode of #BlackNarcissus. Can anyone tell me when this thing actually bloody starts?”

Gemma Arterton played Sister Cloddagh in Black Narcissus

Another remarked: “”Black Narcissus” was complete and utter sh**e. Really disappointing ending. Not worth the three one hour episodes. #BlackNarcissus “.

But other viewers enjoyed the show, with one writing: “Well I don’t know about you lot but I thought that was terrific. Arterton, Nivola and Franciosi all bang on the money. Beautifully made, great music, looked stunning. Top work everyone. #BlackNarcissus “.

“I’m a huge fan of the book of #BlackNarcissus and a huge fan of the film of #BlackNarcissus and I’m now a huge fan of the TV series of #BlackNarcissus – I thought the first episode was absolutely knockout…” added another.

* Black Narcissus is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer

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