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.— Mark Grainger | Blossom Tree Copy Agency (@MarkGrainger) March 2, 2015
Others thought it a bit “dodgy”
— Same Old Marky (@ThatsAllMarky) March 2, 2015
A dash of sarcasm was thrown in
#ArthurandGeorge Conan Doyle was permanently Scottish, unlike Martin Clunes' accent— David 🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@westfieldeditor) March 2, 2015
We doubt this was the effect Clunes was going for
Trying to work out what accent Martin Clunes is attempting to reproduce #ArthurAndGeorge— Bob Knightley (@BobKnightley) March 2, 2015
Some turned it into a game
Martin Clunes in Arthur & George = guess the accent.— Baldy Dudeness (@baldygoodness) March 2, 2015
While others would just rather he didn’t try any accent. Ever.
((Martin Clunes with an accent… nooooooo))
— Alice Vervloet (@AliVervloet) March 2, 2015
This Scot was quite happy with it
And he wasn’t the only one giving the stamp of approval
Really impressed with Martin Clunes Edinburgh accent in this— Will Forbes (@williamtheblood) March 2, 2015
Others pointed out the subtle differences
Bizarre that people are criticising the Scottish accent of Martin Clunes. He gets it just right. Not every Scot speaks like Billy Connolly!— Hortense McGuffin (@perfecto_cheese) March 2, 2015
Was Clunes simply travelling through a catalogue of his characters?
#ArthurandGeorge This accent moves between Gary, Doc Martin and a krankee. The full Martin Clunes repertoire. # ITV— Oliver Fytche-Taylor (@OllyFT) March 2, 2015
One viewer felt he had similarities with Irish actor Liam Neeson in Taken…
While another simply forgot who he was
@maudie43 I thought Clunes pulled of a Scottish accent very well. Very subtle & I totally forgot he was Martin.— Annette Gordon (@AnnettGordonW) March 3, 2015
Missed the episode? Hear a snippet here.
Plus, let us know what you thought of Clunes’ accent in the comments section below.