Last night Martin Clunes returned to our screens in ITV’s new period drama Arthur & George, which is based on the real-life crime mystery that inspired Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to turn detective.
However, it seems the enigma for plenty of viewers was whether or not Clunes’ adopted Scottish accent was quite right for the part.
Clunes himself told Jonathan Ross that he’s “alright” with accents and said the main focus was “keeping it on the East Coast and not going Glaswegian”. Although the actor added that it’s “tiring” having to “enunciate everything”.
“It’s hard work being Scottish. Hat’s off to David Tennant for keeping it up,” he joked.
But, despite his efforts, viewers remained split on Clunes’ ability to pull it off:
Some felt the accent was changing throughout
The biggest mystery in Arthur and George is where Martin Clunes' accent keeps wandering off to.