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No fun, United Kingdom: A new BBC series is being criticized for casting black actors to play heroes from Greek mythology, and sees its audience collapse

Troy: Fall of a City, with its £16 million budget, is turning into a fiasco, garnering only 1.6 million viewers.

The series, which is being broadcast on Saturday evenings during prime time, saw its audience collapse over the course of its run: 3.2 million viewers for the premiere, whereas only 1.6 million tuned in for the fourth episode. Running opposite, The Voice had an audience of 4.9 million.

The ethnically diverse casting was controversial, with actors of African origin being cast in the roles of Greek heroes and gods, including:

-David Kwaku Asamoah Gyasi as Achilles

-Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Zeus.

The series’ creator said, “I don’t have time for that. It is very unpleasant. We are talking about a very small group of protesters, who are very noisy. I am really stunned.”

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