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Sherlock star Martin Freeman is unrecognisable in new BBC drama – but fans have same complaint

How impressive is Martin's accent?

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
November 23, 2021
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Sherlock star Martin Freeman has wowed viewers in the first trailer for his new drama The Responder, which follows the star as Chris, a "crisis-stricken, morally compromised, unconventional" urgent response officer tackling a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool.

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While fans have been full of praise for Martin's scouse accent in the trailer, with one commenting: "Can we just talk about Martin’s Scouse accent!" with another replying: "It's a belter," others were talking about how much they were looking forward to seeing it, with one tweeting: "It looks fantastic. I've been waiting to see this for a long time," while another wrote: "Cannot wait to see this."

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However, there were plenty of concerned fans from across the pond after learning that the show is currently only being released on BBC Two and iPlayer, with one writing: "This looks amazing! Please say there is a plan for worldwide distribution at the same time as the UK release," while another wrote: "This looks so so good! Amazing! Please! Make it available to the world."

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According to BBC's press release, the production company Fremantle will be handling global distribution for the drama series, so watch this space!

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Are you looking forward to the new series?

So what is the show about? The official synopsis reads: "Whilst trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel. Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other."

Speaking about the new role, Martin said: "Tony Schumacher’s scripts were so unique and honest that I knew very quickly that I wanted to be a part of The Responder and take on the role of Chris. No-one writes like Tony and it has been exhilarating inhabiting the world he has created."

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