The first episode of alternative history drama SS-GB has been criticised by viewers over its sound quality, with many complaining that lead character Douglas Archer (Sam Riley) and several of his colleagues were difficult to understand.
Such criticisms have previously been levelled at series like Jamaica Inn and most recently Tom Hardy’s Taboo, with viewers taking to Twitter to express their displeasure over the 1941-set thriller (which imagines a world where the Nazis won World War Two, based on Len Deighton’s novel) and its supposedly muffled audio.
#ssgb Subtitle department should have kept it up for all the dialogue. Head melted trying to understand this.
— Paula Nolan (@PaulaStrand) February 19, 2017
Oh God. Gruff-mumbling is spreading from Taboo in to other BBC dramas. #SSGB
— Craig (@CraigD92) February 19, 2017
— rob forster (@robforster61) February 19, 2017
— Victoria Isherwood (@VicIsherwood) February 19, 2017
— david olding (@olding80) February 19, 2017
Why is Sam Riley playing Archer of the Yard with a voice like Patty and Selma? #ssgb
— joemeaney (@josephmmeaney) February 19, 2017
Still, not everyone thought there was a problem for the audio, with some enjoying Sam Riley’s raspy voice and others suggesting solutions for those who claimed not to hear the dialogue.
So far, loving that gristly voice on #SSGB
— Name cannot be blank (@jacoblangford98) February 19, 2017
I have heard every word perfectly …not sure what the fuss is about #ssgb
— victoria (@VicsterLS) February 19, 2017
I could watch Sam Riley be all hoarse voice and moody style for a long time. #ssgb
— Hannah Swithinbank (@hannahswiv) February 19, 2017
— Shaheen (@topgooner100) February 19, 2017
A lot of people on here complaining about the sound. #SSGB. You're either deaf or too busy fiddling with twitter and not paying attention.
— Jason Merritt (@jasonmerritt386) February 19, 2017
Still, it’s not quite the auspicious start the BBC will have wanted for their star new drama, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a few sound engineers working frantically to make next week’s episode a little more audible.
And if there’s any more concrete response from the corporation, well – we’re all ears.
SS-GB continues on BBC1 on Sundays at 9.00pm