Viewers had a bone to pick with ITV drama Wild Bill on Wednesday night — and no, it wasn’t the unlikely sight of Hollywood actor Rob Lowe in Boston, Lincolnshire.
The new six-part series follows Bill Hixon (Lowe), a senior police officer who swaps Miami for the UK. “Landing in Boston, Lincolnshire with teenage daughter Kelsey, he’s hoping they can flee their recent painful past,” says the official synopsis.
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However, for some, the apparent incongruity of seeing the former Brat Pack star pottering about Boston was nothing in comparison to the jarring sound of Yorkshire accents in a Lincolnshire-set show…
“Why has everyone in Boston Lincs either got an Barnsley or a West Yorkshire accent? Is that the immigration they keep referring to?,” one viewer posted.
#WildBill Why has everyone in Boston Lincs either got an Barnsley or a West Yorkshire accent? Is that the immigration they keep referring to?
— William L (@WillAtHull) June 12, 2019
“For some reason, every police person working in Lincolnshire has a broad Yorkshire accent. ?,” another said on Twitter.
So … for some reason, every police person working in Lincolnshire has a broad Yorkshire accent. ? ???????? #WildBill
— Marie (@Musicmarie) June 12, 2019
— Trudi Pie (@trudi_pie) June 12, 2019
"Prime Lincolnshire pork" said in a Yorkshire accent.. #WildBill
— lulu (@ilulaax) June 12, 2019
#WildBill Why’s everyone got a Yorkshire accent? ????????♀️
— Zoë Belford (@OT_Consultants) June 12, 2019
However, it seems that once they got used to the accents, some viewers quite enjoyed the comedy drama…
It was a bit silly, with everyone in Boston talking with a Yorkshire accent, but I quite liked it #WildBill
— Marge Dacre (@MargeDacre) June 12, 2019
Really enjoying #WildBill so far! But surely someone would have pointed out to the director that not everyone north of Watford has a Yorkshire accent!?! ????????
— Sarah Marks (@SixpenceSocial) June 12, 2019
Wild Bill airs Wednesdays at 9pm on ITV