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.
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.
Why does Tim change his accent? #rillingtonplace
— Helen ???????????? (@maeday05) December 6, 2016
Eh, what? He was cockney two minutes ago, why is he suddenly putting on a Welsh accent? #RillingtonPlace
— Rachel (@rmoomin84) December 6, 2016
Puzzelled why Tim hasn't a Welsh accent? He was from Wales. John Hurt played him in the original speaking with Welsh accent #rillingtonplace
— Jackie Templeton ????✨ (@Firefly070) December 6, 2016
The real life Timothy Evans was Welsh. Odd how the actor swung between English and Welsh accent. Was this Evan's habit ? #rillingtonplace
— Gloria (@BatleyGloria) December 7, 2016
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.
How unbelievable is Tim Roth in #rillingtonplace totally captivates the evil and chilling persona of Christie. Gives me shivers.
— Joseph Thomas (@Joseph_Thomas89) December 6, 2016
Totally in awe of Tim Roth's performance. He sends shivers down my spine whilst catapulting me into murderous world of evil #rillingtonplace
— Parveen (@Parveen_Comms) December 6, 2016
Catching up on tonight's #rillingtonplace ???????? Tim Roth is astounding! I genuinely have the FEAR
— Pam Meechan (@PamMeerkat) December 6, 2016
Just remember that this actually happened…only it was worse….no one knows how many he killed ! #rillingtonplace
— Michael (@BoiledBacon) December 6, 2016
Mercifully, there’s only one more stomach-churning instalment to go.