DRAMATIC TV shows must have proper conclusions that resolve everything and stop this ambiguous nonsense, Ofcom has ruled.
The watchdog received a record number of complaints following the ending of Doctor Foster, which once again left viewers with an unacceptable number of unresolved questions and loose ends.
A spokesman said: “These kind of endings were acceptable in high-quality arty television like The Sopranos, but for an weeknight drama to be employing them is simply lazy and confusing.
“We’ve had reports of viewers unable to sleep, forced to seek out recaps online, and suffering the troubling sense that not everything in life ties up easily in 90 minutes. Intellectually they can’t cope.
“In future, high-profile drama must conclude with the good characters rewarded, the bad characters punished, and the audience left with a warm feeling of closure without unsettling overtones.
“Resolve your plotlines in a satisfactory manner or face record fines. That’s the law.”
Doctor Foster fan Donna Sheridan said: “The ending really made me think. Bollocks to that.”