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Martin Freeman's accent in The Responder has got people talking

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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The BBC's latest crime series The Responder has finally landed and it's already a big hit with fans. The police drama stars Martin Freeman as Liverpool-based urgent first responder, and aside from the Line of Duty vibe to the whole thing, it's Freeman's accent during the show that has got people talking.

The new procedural drama follows an urgent first responder named Chris (Freeman) who encounters one crisis after another while training up his new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo), and battling with guilt over some of his actions. The show takes place over a series on night shifts, in which the pair must navigate the high pressure and relentlessness of the each incident while trying to understand each other.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The first episode of the hyped series just aired last night (24 January) and while people were instantly gripped by the story, they were also pretty divided over Freeman's Liverpudlian accent.

While plenty of fans took to Twitter to say how well they thought the Sherlock star executed the accent, others just couldn't get over the fact that it was Freeman doing it.

Meanwhile, others compared the performance to Scouse royalty Stephen Graham, very high praise indeed.

According to an interview with Metro, Freeman says he spoke to himself in a Liverpool accent on and off for a year and a half to prepare for the role. That's dedication for you.

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