N.WALES DRAMA HAS DIVIDED VIEWERS
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.