Lord Alan Sugar has responded to a critic calling him ‘the thickest billionaire in the world’ following The Apprentice star’s scathing review of Martin Freeman’s accent in The Responder.
The BBC thriller is winning huge praise from fans, following The Hobbit and The Office star as first responder Chris, whose job has him on the edge as he deals with marital problems and mental health issues alongside the nightly challenges of his role.
As well as keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, Freeman’s Scouse accent has won people over – except for Lord Sugar, who said this week he couldn’t understand a word that was being said.
In a tweet which sparked backlash from his followers, he wrote: ‘Why did the BBC make Martin Freeman speak with a Liverpool accent in The Responder.
‘Hard to follow what he and other cast are saying. No disrespect to people of Liverpool they are nice down to earth people. My wife gave up watching she said she could not understand a word.’
Immediately, the Amstrad mogul was called ‘ignorant’ and urged to delete the tweet.
Some even suggested his critique was ‘causing harm’ and fuelled the struggle to get big dramas made outside of London.
But when one follower called Lord Sugar ‘the thickest billionaire in the world’, he had to respond.
Ahead of the drama’s airing Freeman told Metro.co.uk: ‘I walked around for a year and a half, occasionally just talking to myself in scouse. Even though you’re not always the best judge of your own thing, I do trust my ear.
‘If I say something, I know when it sounds off. I got very, very exact about that stuff. You have to be, because if I don’t do it well, it’s a terrible accent to get wrong.’
‘There are some accents where you don’t want to be in that city among the inhabitants of that city making a balls up of it.’
The Responder continues Monday at 9pm on BBC One.
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