|English TV Policemen with authentic accents|
I've heard, or read, several very good reasons for liking the Brit mysteries (as well as some of their other programming such as "Call The Midwives"), and I have a few of my own which I'm anxious to share. Firstly, everybody speaks with these really great accents, though sometimes they are difficult to understand. I have advocated subtitling, but this has not yet been enacted. What is it about their accents, anyway? There are dozens of "English" accents being spoken around the globe, from the U.S. to South Africa, but not one of them sound as smart as Englishers themselves. That's just not fair. I want to sound smart, too. But since I can't, I like to watch the British being cultured and savvy. Sometimes I try on an English accent at home, but Robin either studiously ignores me, refusing to respond to any of my extremely pithy observations, or tells me to stop embarrassing myself. I feel smarter when I do this, though she says that I don't sound, or look, smarter at all. She is of Irish descent on both sides of her family and is unreasonably hostile to the English, I think. Things only get worse when I switch to an Irish accent.
|Rosemary and Thyme|
So there you have it, all the good reasons to watch British television. Oh...were you thinking it was the clever writing and convoluted plots that form the centerpieces of these programs? How the hell would I know? I can't understand half of what they're saying. I just like how they say it.