The scribe of The thief, his wife and the canoe has defended the characters’ accents after viewers called them “inaccurate” and “offensive.”
The ITV series is an adaptation of the real-life story of John and Anne Darwin – played by Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan respectively. The Hartlepool couple made headlines in the 2000s after John faked his death in a canoeing accident to avoid bankruptcy.
The series, which currently airs on ITV, has received generally positive reviews from viewers.
However, many people criticized the characters’ Northeastern accent.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Why does ITV think people from Teesside speak with a Geordie accent? This happened in Hartlepool and we do NOT have that accent!!!! Offensive!!!!”
“As a Hartlepudlian and Headlander, I can’t handle the geography and accent inaccuracies,” wrote another.
Another wrote: “Catching up on last night’s episode and struggling with John Darwin’s accent it’s so bad.”
In response to the criticism, series writer Chris Lang wrote on Twitter: “It’s so nice that people are so passionate about their own accents! John & Anne weren’t from Seaton Crew of course, they only moved there in 2002.
“They were both near Blackhall and lived and worked in (to name a few) Newcastle, Chester Le Street and Durham over the next five decades.”
You can read The Independent‘s three-star review of the drama here.
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