HOW DOES A “LOVER OF ALL THINGS LEEDS” GET TO PRODUCE A SERIES ABOUT DEVON & CORNWALL??
I will not prevail on the fact that Devon, the largest county in England along with its’ bohemian neighbour, Cornwall has very little exposure on radio and TV and rarely are its accents heard in a serious programme. So I was delighted, having been born and bred in the West Country and, being a Tour Guide that takes countless Americans to that part of the country, to discover this upcoming series of programmes on Devon and Cornwall on the “More4” TV channel.
I started getting bad vibes when I discovered that the first programme in the series was to focus on Clovelly and Cockington, two villages manufactured for “Grockles” (tourists) to visit and totally atypical of the remainder of the region. But imagine my absolute horror to discover within the first thirty seconds of the programme that we were to be treated to a cringeworthy, narration by a second rate actress, no less – a certain Jenny Coverack – attempting in the most gut wrenching way to mimic a west country accent by dropping more H’s than you’d expect to hear in one of Eliza Doolittle’s rehearsals for “My Fair Lady”! The voice of the actress appears to be polished in all but the words that can be made to sound “oooohn arrrr…..oooohn arrrr” !
“Boodyfull” = Beautiful
“Bridgette’s erd” of cattle”
“Two undred men in the arbour”
“She was the art of the village” – Heart
“She…..moved ear, thirdy years ago”
The “andywoman” at the Minac Theatre
The “eyes and lows, for usband steve”
Sitting in the Minac Theatre – “perched eye above the sea”
“…..ard on er eels is usband Steve…..”
The “orse back riders and their erds of cattle”
Need I go on?
This highly patronising, even offensive narration by someone who was clearly not from that part of the country made the programme unwatchable. Really, could they not have used somebody local to read out this very shallow and poorly written script?
To cap it all…..I find the true sacrilege of this programme is that it was cobbled together by “True North”, a NORTHERN production company. How would They feel if I was to take the mickey out of their accent…..? And how would they feel if a southern based production company decided to to make a programme about the typical Yorkshire towns of Haworth and Scarborough, and suggest that the people of Yorkshire were typified by the old Hale & Pace “Yorkshire Airlines…..wipe tha bloody feet” sketch?
Even the people who they interviewed and had lived in the west country all their lives didn’t drop their H’s like the silly actress who was no doubt instructed to speak in this “ooooh arrr…..ooooh arrr” ludicrous way.
Eeh Bah Gum Lad…..😳
Lets Tour England !
This is what Yorkshire people are really like – friendly enough but thick as two short planks !