Actors losing their accents, Emmerdale

@shelagh77 (3643)
February 17, 2007 8:49pm CST
Has anyone else noticed with fascination the wide regional variaton of accent in just ONE character in Emmerdale? I thought Matthew King had a variable accent, sometimes sounding almost Estuary, sometimes somewhere in Norfolk and just lately every so slightly Liverpudlian. Now an actress has arrived on the scene who knocks him into a cocked hat for the meandering accent. Val's daughter lapses from Geordie to a sort of sing-song Welsh and at times really drops into a London accent. Hilarious! While I am on the subject, thinking about it, Val has a Geordie Accent and Diane a Liverpool accent. They are sisters. Paul is Val's son and he talks like an Etonian. Admitted the wonderful Rodney is delightfully plummy and whilst he can be a bit on the ham side at least his accent never slips, and he is Paul's father. But since Father and Son didn't actually MEET until Paul was very much the man, it must be a triumph of genetic continuation that they speak with the same mellow, cultured tones.
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@rainbow (6763)
18 Feb 07
Shelagh darling you have missed the point, Emmerdale is meant to be a comedy and the funny voices are all on the list oftricks to try and keep you interested. I have to ask, which one is Andy with as they all seem to be back living together - just like realy life? What a laugh I have. I love Jack he reminds me of my dad sometimes, and miss Seth as he was wonderful after that if it wasn't for the Dingles it would be a total washout.
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@rainbow (6763)
27 Feb 07
Thank-you actually saw most of it last night, Andy was wanting Katie to move out if he gave her the land, I thought he rented the farm? Maybe it's another part I missed, never mind. Thanks for the update, I'm not good at watching as it's a bad time with kids, I do find that I don't often seen to have missed much as it's pretty easy to catch up. I hope you enjoy it tonight!
@shelagh77 (3643)
27 Feb 07
Yes, Andy does rent the farm, but he is able to rent out areas. He has had paying lodgers, and the riding business Katie is building up will now be rented from him also, but there is a snag coming up in the plans - if you miss it ask me and I will tell you, don't want to spoil it. If you try to tape it, it should be fun later, plot surrounding Rosemary. I have to admit she plays this part absolutely fantastically! i would have to be in a straightjacket to keep my hands off her if she was my mum in law. Fantastic! Very hard to be so thoroughly aggravating and believeable! Anyways very interesting plot alert!
5 Apr 07
i never realy notice about the accents i will watch out for them now thanks.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
8 Apr 07
Well, if I may say so, you should, it is often absolutely hilarious! I know it detracts from the credibility of the plot, but to have someone roaming through every accent from the North of England in one speech, well, I have tears in my eyes. The other accent watch is that the King brothers all have different accents lololol.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
27 Feb 07
well not being from England I wouldnt catch that but it is the same with actors doing the shouthern accent for each state has just a slight change in the accent and some are fast and others speak slower. I picked it up and I have the inbetween fast and slow but ya can tell I got the accent after all these years beening outwest. but the actors and actresses try to do a very broad accent that takes in all the south and it sounds funny to me now lol
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@shelagh77 (3643)
27 Feb 07
Does it drive you mad when they keep forgetting which accent they are supposed to be using? I tell you, yes it may be funny but i am a picky wotsit and since I became rather deaf I pick up accents more easily and for some reason it really annoys me when they switch!
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 07
haahaha you would notice that wouldn't you, as I do not watch it that often I have not noticed, lol. And no I am not going to sit and watch it now to figure out the Accent.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
19 Feb 07
That is one area where my deafness helps. I can not hear the words but I can hear the rhythm and "sing song" or lack of it very easily, and I use the sub titles for the words. The swing back and forward of accents livens up the more boring bits lol. Yes, you will be figuring the accents next time you watch, because I have now cunningly placed this thought into your sub consciousness :-)