LORD Alan Sugar has come under intense scrutiny after he slammed Martin Freeman’s Liverpudlian accent in BBC drama The Responder.
The five-part crime drama sees Martin portray an unconventional urgent response officer Chris – and it’s been hailed as his best performance yet.
Martin Freeman’s Liverpudlian accent in The Responder has been hailed by viewers[/caption]
But Lord Alan Sugar wasn’t so impressed and slammed the show on Twitter[/caption]
Ahead of filming the show, the Nativity! star said he “spoke to himself in scouse” for an entire year and a half.
But despite an overwhelming number of fans applauding him for being “spot on” with the accent, Lord Sugar wasn’t so impressed.
Taking to Twitter, the straight-talking businessman fumed: “Why did the BBC make Martin Freeman speak with a Liverpool accent in The Responder?”
“Hard to follow what he and other cast are saying. No disrespect to people of Liverpool they are nice down to earth people. My wife gave up watching she said she could not understand a word.”
Unsurprisingly, Lord Sugar’s tweet went down like a lead balloon, with one viewer pointing out that the show is set in Liverpool.
Responding to the message, the straight-talking 74-year-old, said: “It might be set in Liverpool. I can understand Steven Gerrard. I can’t understand the character. Sorry but true.”
Many were furious with Lord Sugar’s tweet and slammed the television personality for “causing harm”.
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“Comments like this, contribute to the ongoing difficulty in getting good dramas funded and created outside the M25,” one fumed.
Another added: “It’s very strange how people from London think everyone else in the UK should speak like Londoners.”
The Responder continues on Monday at 9pm on BBC One.
Martin said he ‘spoke to himself in scouse’ for an entire year and a half[/caption]
The Responder continues on Monday at 9pm on BBC One[/caption]