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Frankie - where are the Bristol voices?

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    Posted by Bob Delaney (U15190490) on Thursday, 20th June 2013

    The background used for Frankie is Bristol. From their voices, the characters are drawn from London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and the home counties so there is no real sense of place just like Holby City which, from its name, should be in the East Midlands and from its characters, anywhere in England.

    It wasn't until the last episode that Bristol as the location of the action was named. Not a single character is a Bristolian or even from the West Country.

    I work in Bristol and I am surrounded by people speaking with the unique Bristol accent. It seems that West Country voices are only acceptable to BBC for the lower classes in period drama.

    The BBC manages to match the voice to the place in drama set in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle or Edinburgh, why not Bristol and the West Country?

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    Posted by Mr_Lightning (U15450350) on Thursday, 20th June 2013

    The BBC manages to match the voice to the place in drama set in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle or Edinburgh, why not Bristol and the West Country? 

    Because they couldn't be bothered, is my guess. Much easier to cast if you don't have to hold out for actors who can produce a convincing Bristol accent.

    Even Doctors manages a Brummie accent once in a while.

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