‘Totally offensive!’: BBC Christmas film set in Cromer angers working mums

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC

BBC One's short film Wonderland has sparked outrage among viewers who say it makes working mums feel guilty.

The two-minute piece, which was filmed in Cromer at the start of October, tells the story of a mum who has to go into the office instead of spending time with her teenage son.

However when the son is playing a video game at a Cromer arcade and the mum is battling a frozen keyboard, time itself freezes, except for those two.

The mum rushes to the seaside town, where she and her son spend a magical day having fun at the Christmas fair and amusements on Cromer Pier.

It's intended to be a tear-jerking reflection on the importance of making time for family and the things that really matter at Christmas.

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC


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But not everyone found Wonderland so magical, saying it painted working mums in a negative light.

Twitter user Elliw Gwawr said: 'I've just seen the BBC Christmas ad and I can't believe that they're playing on the guilt of working mums. I had my child crying down the phone at me the other night whilst I was working late once again. I already feel guilty, please don't try and make me feel worse. #merrychristmas'

WATCH: First look at BBC One's moving Christmas trailer filmed in CromerAnd Eloise Henesey tweeted: 'Hoping I've misunderstood this advert as I found it totally offensive! Terrible message about working mum. Is this for real?'

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And Twitter user Fvsk said: 'Dear @BBC creative, your Christmas ad doesn't bring people together. It piles on the guilt to working mums. Seasons greetings! Regards, a working mum.'

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC

However, others found Wonderland more to their liking.

Twitter user 1066Times said: 'This had all the feels for me, and reinforced the importance of making time for family, especially our cool teens!'

MORE: Hundreds of people watched BBC filming on Cromer pierAnd another user called Anthony said: 'Love this very heart warming and emotional we should all make time for our loved ones and family.'

A BBC spokesperson said: 'Everyone is busy at this time of year and the film is simply about people cherishing the time they spend with loved ones.'

A still from the BBC Christmas trailer. Picture: BBC

A still from the BBC Christmas trailer. Picture: BBC - Credit: Archant

Do you think BBC One's Wonderland is unfair to working mums? Share your thoughts in the comments below or email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas per

BBC 1 has launched its Christmas 2018 film, “Wonderland, which will run throughout the Christmas period on the channel. Picture: BBC - Credit: BBC

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