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.”