N.WALES DRAMA HAS DI­VIDED VIEW­ERS

Bangor Mail - - News - Zara Whe­lan

ENGLISH view­ers have re­vealed what they re­ally think about the North Wales­based drama Pitch­ing In.

View­ers from across the bor­der have been shar­ing their thoughts on the first episode of the five-part se­ries af­ter it aired dur­ing a day­time slot on BBC One.

The show, star­ring Gavin and Stacey stars Larry Lamb and Me­lanie Wal­ters, was filmed en­tirely in North Wales and featured parts of An­gle­sey.

But it was largely panned af­ter it left Welsh view­ers reel­ing when it aired dur­ing prime-time on BBC Wales last month, many view­ers com­plain­ing the char­ac­ters, sup­pos­edly North Wales na­tives, have ac­cents from the South.

The BBC was even ac­cused of “cul­tural colo­nial­ism”: oth­ers sim­ply found the sto­ry­line bor­ing. But what did our friends from across the bor­der think of the lat­est Welsh of­fer­ing from the BBC? A few didn’t re­ally en­joy it and took to so­cial me­dia to air their griev­ances.

One viewer tweeted: “Get­ting into the mood to drive red-hot knit­ting nee­dles into my eyes. #Pitch­ingIn brings day­time drama to a new low.”

An­other com­pared it to an­other riv­et­ing day­time drama say­ing: #Pitch­ingIn Even worse than Doc­tors.”

One seemed of­fended shows picked for day­time slots in Eng­land are touted as es­sen­tial prime-time view­ing over the bor­der, say­ing: “I note #Pitch­ingIn gets a day­time slot on @ BBC Eng­land while it was con­sid­ered ap­pro­pri­ate prime-time view­ing for view­ers in #Wales.”

An­other thinks the show should have been scrapped af­ter the poor re­cep­tion first time round: “Can not be­lieve that @ BBCOne is show­ing #Pitch­ingIn as af­ter­noon ‘drama’ af­ter all of the neg­a­tive re­views and crit­i­cism. Poorly con­ceived, poorly writ­ten and a poor rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Wales, North Wales in par­tic­u­lar. Very dis­ap­point­ing.”

An­other was gen­er­ally of­fended by the whole thing: “#BBC new drama, #pitch­ingin should be pitched out. Sup­pos­edly set in North Wales, yet with­out the ac­cent ev­i­dent through­out. Ut­ter in­sult from start to fin­ish.”

How­ever, many who watched the first episode last Mon­day thor­oughly en­joyed it.

One viewer thought it was great, post­ing on so­cial me­dia to say it had a “great cast”.

An­other thought the lo­ca­tion was beau­ti­ful, with oth­ers say­ing it was their new favourite show or even that they were now “hooked” on it:

And there’s lots of love for ex-Em­merdale ac­tor Adam Thomas, who plays Jase in the show.

So it would seem Pitch­ing In has a much warmer re­cep­tion over the bor­der than among those the show was sup­posed to rep­re­sent.

But this could have some­thing to do with the fact the writ­ers, di­rec­tor and lead char­ac­ter of this BBC Wales show are all from Eng­land.

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