- Wednesday 8th October 2014, 7:34pm [Edited]
- Basel, Switzerland
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Quote: Gordon Bennett @ 20th September 2014, 10:07 PM BST
In the episode The Greasy Pole a character called Sir Wally McFarlane is the chairman of the British Chemical Corporation. This guy has such a distinctive accent which doesn't sound British to my ears. First I thought he's French, then Eastern European.
But I think with a name like McFarlane he must be British. Is he Scottish, Welsh or anything else?
Quote: Aaron @ 20th September 2014, 10:15 PM BST
Quote: Gordon Bennett @ 20th September 2014, 10:19 PM BST
Thank you very much. I never heard it that way before...no Groundkeeper Willie, no Private Fraser.
Quote: Aaron @ 20th September 2014, 10:30 PM BST
Very interesting that you can hear that much of a difference! Groundskeeper Willie is an almost Dick Van Dyke-like caricature of an accent at times, but both Freddie Earlle's (the actor in this case) and John Laurie's are distinctively, similarly Scottish to my ears.
I'm watching a programme called Britain's Greatest Pilot on BBC2 right at this moment. The guy there (Eric Brown) sounds very similar to Freddie Earlle. And I Googled him, he's Scottish. Still doesn't sound anything like John Laurie to me. Brown and Earlle probably come from a different part of Scottland than Laurie.