The BBC has said it will take another look at the sound levels on its new drama SS-GB after receiving a string of complaints about the ‘mumbled’ dialogue.
According to the BBC’s news website, more than 100 irate viewers had complained to the Beeb within 24 hours of the first episode – set in a Britain under Nazi occupation – on Sunday night, with more following on Tuesday.
And they were particularly bothered when it came to hearing lead actor Sam Riley, who plays Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer – in the wartime thriller.
Many took to Twitter to reveal their annoyance:
Although there were those who defended the show, suggesting those who couldn’t hear it might just want to turn the volume up a tad:
‘We take audibility seriously and we will look at the sound levels on the programme in time for the next episode,’ a BBC spokesperson said.
Metro.co.uk has contacted the BBC for further comment.
It’s not the first time that the corporation has found itself in the firing line over the sound in its dramas, mind.
Over 2,000 viewers complained about the ‘mumbling’ in their 2014 adaptation of Jamaica Inn, while acclaimed drama Happy Valley also came under fire last year.
SS-GB, based on the novel by Len Deighton, is set in a fictional London in 1941 after the Germans have won the Battle of Britain – and occupied the capital.
As well as Riley – whose character is working for both the Nazis and the British Resistance – the series stars Aneurin Barnard, Kate Bosworth, Jason Flemyng and James Cosmo.
The next episode airs on Sunday night on BBC One at 9pm.