Fans on Twitter slam Thanet-born Brenda Blethyn’s accent as ITV welcomes back hit detective show Vera

PUBLISHED: 09:07 20 March 2017

Brenda Blethyn as DCI Stanhope on Vera. Picture: ITV

Brenda Blethyn as DCI Stanhope on Vera. Picture: ITV


Fans say the accents were “abysmal” but they still flocked to the show in their millions

Crime drama Vera has been criticised by viewers who claim the Northumberland accents on the show are “abysmal”.

The ITV series starring Ramsgate-born Brenda Blethyn as frumpy but loveable DCI Vera Stanhope is a huge hit with viewers and its return on Sunday night was welcomed with open arms.

But some fans claimed that the dialect was not up to scratch.

One fan posted on Twitter: “Cant watch any more of Vera. Brenda Blethyn’s ‘accent’ is nothing like a north eastern one. Much too high pitched and squeaky to be realistic.”

Another said: “Accents are getting progressively more abysmal as this episode goes on.”

One said: “Love Vera but Vera’s accent gone upmarket and had an effect on cast. Plenty of Geordie actors up here!”

However, despite the accent worries, the debut of the seventh series went down a storm on social media.

Brenda Blythn was born in Ramsgate and grew up in Broadstairs.


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