Rillington Place viewers were very confused by Timothy Evans’ accent – but there’s an explanation

Why was he Cockney London one minute and Welsh the next?

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Last week some claimed they couldn’t hear BBC1 drama Rillington Place, but this week it was what viewers could hear coming out of actor Nico Mirallegro’s mouth that caused a bit of a kerfuffle.

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Viewers were left baffled when the actor adopted not one but two accents to play the wrongfully convicted Timothy Evans.

One minute Evans was talking like a Cockney Londoner, the next he was full blown Welsh – and people couldn’t get their heads around it.

As it turns out, there’s a valid explanation for Mirallegro’s ever-changing tones – as the show’s writers Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malon explained to RadioTimes.com

“Tim moved to London from Wales around the age of 11; his half-sister told us he was very keen to fit in and soon adopted a London ‘barrow-boy’ accent, but that he could slip back into his childhood accent when around members of his Welsh family,” they said. 

Quibbles about accents aside, almost everyone was utterly chilled to the core by the tale and Roth’s portrayal of serial killer John Christie.

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Mercifully, there’s only one more stomach-churning instalment to go.