Stewart Hosie, SNP MP for Dundee East, said: “These daft, tasteless, inaccurate and very outdated stereotypes should be consigned to history.” Neither of the two main Scottish characters in the series are played by Scots. Oxford-born Tom Bateman puts on a Scottish accent, dubbed “brutal” by some viewers.
In the second episode of the adaptation, one character – a secretary called Sue – remarks of Tom’s “miserable” character: “They say that about the Scots, don’t they?”
After watching the drama, Glaswegian singer Eddi Reader, fumed: “Did anyone else catch the anti-Scot script? Apparently all Scots are either miserable or mean.”
The frontwoman of Fairground Attraction, spoke online with Sarah Pinborough, who wrote the original novel. Eddi claimed: “The author told me that she didn’t write those racist lines.”
Sarah – who opted not to be part of the adaptation process – responded publicly to one of Eddi’s comments, telling her: “I’m half Scottish so defo wasn’t meant that way.”
None of the 11 mentions of Scotland in the novel feature derogatory remarks about Scots.
The series also stars Simona Brown and U2 frontman Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson – an Irish actress playing an English character.