Head of BBC launches investigation into TV ‘Mumbling’.

BBC director general Tony Hall has launched an investigation into mumbled dialogue in TV drama.

The move was sparked in February where there were a number of complaints  “regarding audibility and sound quality on the BBC1 drama Happy Valley”.

The BBC had initially tried to play down the issue suggesting the inaudibly quiet performances were a result of the programmes “realism”.

 “Happy Valley is a drama that has been lauded for its realism and dramatic pathos – as such the dialogue is representative of the characters and area in which it is based.”

It seems mumbling actors are a particular bugbear of Hall’s who in 2012 told the Radio Times:

“I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old man, but I think muttering is something we could look at.”



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