EastEnders star June Brown takes a pop at TOWIE accents

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Dot Branning is not at all pleased with the accents in Albert Square these days.

On new Radio 4 documentary The Lost Cockney Voice, set to be broadcast next week, EastEnders star June Brown reveals that she thinks the soap no long features proper Cockney accents.

Cor blimey, guv'nor. Still, could be worse:

"Slovenly speech, that's what it is. I wouldn't call it Cockney, no. They can't help it, that's how they speak. It's much more The Only Way is Essex. That has become the Cockney of the times," June explained (via The Mirror).

"People speak differently now. It's lazy speech."

June was happier earlier this month when she revealed that she had successfully undergone surgery to save her eyesight.

Photo credit: BBC

"I can see people's faces and recognise my children again. I can now distinguish colours and the pattern on a rug that I couldn't see before. I can read again and I don't think I would be able to see at all if I hadn't had the operation," she explained.

EastEnders writers had written June's then-developing blindness into a storyline for Dot that saw her unable to get rehired at the launderette and forced to give up driving.

The Lost Cockney Voice was made by Cole Moreton, who was inspired by memories of his grandmother. It airs on BBC Radio 4 next week.

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