Ripper Street opener 'a mumble fest', complain viewers
Some viewers found the programme a little hard to understand.
BBC drama Ripper Street has come under fire from fans who claimed the fifth series launch episode was “a mumble fest”.
Many said they could not fully enjoy the return of the hit show because they could not hear the dialogue.
Can anyone else hardly make out a word anyone is saying on #RipperStreet ?— Keir Shiels (@keirshiels) June 19, 2017
Is Victorian Mumbling a technique taught in acting school these days? Anyway great to have #RipperStreet back.— Alan Bourke (@alanbourke) June 19, 2017
Some people said they got around any sound issues by switching on the subtitles.
#RipperStreet why have I had to put the subtitles on so I can understand what one character is saying?!!!!!— Henry Crun (@CrunHenry) June 19, 2017
Several British television dramas have been hit by complaints over mumbling in recent months, with Happy Valley, SS-GB and Jamaica Inn all being criticised.
For those who did hear the action in Monday night’s instalment, it was a welcome return.
Series four came to a dramatic close with Drake (Jerome Flynn) murdered by serial killer Nathaniel.
The story picks up days after Drake’s death and sees DI Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), surgeon Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) and his wife, former brothel keeper “Long” Susan Hart (MyAnna Buring), determined to bring the murderer to justice.
Many viewers posted messages online calling it the best series currently on TV, with one tweeting it was “absolute class”.