Why did Silent Witness viewers find Sean Pertwee's cameo distracting?

Emilia Fox and David Caves were joined by Sean Pertwee as a special guest star in the latest episode of the BBC crime drama.

Emilia Fox and David Caves in Silent Witness (BBC)
Silent Witness stars Emilia Fox and David Caves were joined by Sean Pertwee in the latest episode. (BBC)

What did you miss?

Silent Witness viewers complained they were distracted by Sean Pertwee's cameo in the latest episode - because his voice made them hungry. Pertwee, 59, has had a successful acting career in TV and film in both the US and the UK for many years. But to fans of MasterChef: The Professionals, his distinctive voice is recognisable as the narrator of the show.

What, how, and why?

Sean Pertwee speaks onstage at the Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A during New York Comic Con in The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 7, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
Sean Pertwee's voice is familiar to fans of MasterChef. (Getty Images for New York Comic Con)

Pertwee, 59, guest starred as police officer DI John Flynn alongside Emilia Fox and David Cave in the latest episode of Silent Witness.

Fox celebrated his cameo on social media platform X, posting: "In this week’s #SilentWitness Death By A Thousand Hits we are joined by the excellent #SeanPertwee and #JulieGraham amongst another fantastic guest cast."

But some viewers were less happy to see Pertwee in the BBC crime drama, claiming it was distracting to hear the voice of MasterChef playing a police officer. One wrote on social media platform X: "Impossible to watch Sean Pertwee without imagining him lapsing into his 'Jasmin is facing a race against time to get her consommé as crystal clear as she wants' MasterChef patter. #SilentWitness."

Another said: "The voice of Sean Pertwee... Just hoping he's not going to describe the autopsy in detail. #SilentWitness #masterchef."

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Sean Pertwee is the narrator of MasterChef: The Professionals. (BBC)

And a third complained: "I hate it when Sean Pertwee is acting in things because I just get hungry thinking about Masterchef #SilentWitness."

What else happened in Silent Witness?

Other viewers were distracted by Fox's chic hair as she played forensic scientist Nikki Alexander, sporting french plaits, and a chick waved bob.

One tweeted: "I wish I could pull off a hairstyle like Nikki's. #SilentWitness" Another commented: "I want hair like this #HairEnvy #SilentWitness."

And another shared: "A masterpiece, whether it's open or braided #silentwitness."

Silent Witness airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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