Fans have praised the first episode of ITV's White House Farm, but there was one element of the episode that proved to be seriously distracting; Stephen Graham's accent! The Line of Duty star played the Welsh detective DCI Taff Jones in the series, and fans were quick to take to Twitter to complain that his accent wasn't quite right.
Fans praised Stephen's acting, but were unsure about his accent
One person wrote: "I think Stephen Graham is one of the finest actors on the planet. He’s brilliant. However... I think I might be struggling to convince anyone else after hearing the Welsh accent he’s just delivered," while another added: "There's been a homicide alright ... Stephen Graham murdering the Welsh accent." A third person suggested that they should have hired a Welsh actor, adding: "Stephen Graham is a great actor, but why can’t big broadcasters like @ITV cast actual Welsh actors in Welsh roles?? There are many great Welsh actors who could've played DCI Taff Jones."
What did you think of the first episode?
However, fans agreed that Stephen still delivered a great performance in the opening episode, saying: "The accent may be a bit off but can we all please take a moment to appreciate how brilliant Stephen Graham is? It doesn't matter what he stars in, he always puts in a great performance. He's a truly fantastic actor."
The new series follows the investigation into the deaths of four members of the Bamber family, who were murdered in their Essex farmhouse in 1985. Initially the police believed that Sheila, who suffered from mental illness, murdered her parents and children before killing herself. However, all four deaths were eventually ruled as murder, and Sheila's brother, Jeremy Bamber, is currently serving a life sentence for the crimes.