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Poor old Poldark can’t get anything right this series.
Just days after viewers blasted the show for failing to show Aiden Turner’s torso enough to keep their interest, they’ve turned their attention to new character Captain McNeil’s dodgy Scottish accent.
Actor Henry Garrett must be wishing he could wind the clocks back and reshoot his scenes after viewers took to social media to poke fun at his hamfisted highland lilt.
This is weird . I can’t understand the Scottish accent on #Poldark . I thought I was Scottish
— kaye adams (@kayeadams) September 18, 2016
Captain McNeil looks like he should be in an Adam Ant video. #Poldark
— David Brown (@MrDavidEBrown) September 18, 2016
I assume Captain McNeill is from the 1st Battalion, Scottish Fake Accents? #Poldark
— James Merrylees (@jmerrylees) September 18, 2016
The actor, who’s also starred in New Tricks and Peaky Blinders, was accused of moonlighting from a job teaching at the Fake Accent University by one wag.
Another joked that he’d been watching re-runs of Taggart in a bid to warm up for his role. Although if you’ve heard the dashing Captain’s accent, you might say that’s a little too complimentary.
Henry’s shoddy Scottish brogue wasn’t the only thing viewers weren’t too pleased about. Some people weren’t happy about his looks, with one hinting that he might feel more at home in an Adam Ant video. Ouch!
Still, at least Henry isn’t the only Poldark star who finds regional accents a little on the challenging side.
Leading man Aiden Turner once told The Sun he was relieved at being spared the effort of having to adopt the tricky Cornish lilt for the show.
“Poldark is a Cornish character, but the family was wealthy and well respected and Ross would have probably done to public school, so he probably wouldn’t have had a Cornish accent,” he said, a little too defensively.
“It made more sense not to have it. And I’m sure it made my life easier.”
Henry Garrett would be the first to agree.