‘Sherwood’ writer explains ‘Notts Forest’ noise after ‘hundreds’ of complaints

by Alun Armstrong sherwood the character used a phrase that put off viewers. (BBC)

sherwoodThe writer has defended his reasons for the ‘Notts Forest’ noise which distracted viewers from the news BBC One drama.

The star-studded crime series based on a real-life manhunt for two murderers and set against the backdrop of a community divided by the miners’ strike debuted on Monday – but despite the cast and writer claiming it would be a portrayal region, viewers familiar with Nottingham all had the same complaint.

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In one scene, Alun Armstrong’s character Gary referred to the local football team as ‘Notts Forest’, which many viewers pointed out would never have been said by a local who would have used Forest or Nottingham instead Forest, Notts being only used to refer to different Notts County teams.

But writer James Graham, a Nottingham resident himself, responded to the “hundreds of messages” he had received on the subject and explained that it was a deliberate error.

He tweeted: “Of the hundreds of posts on ‘Notts Forest’ you are of course absolutely right. A true fan would never have. I can (sort of) explain. The reasons were mainly character and accent .

“Because of Gary’s (Alun Armstrong) history and politics, we thought he wouldn’t be a fan, supporting a team from the North (inspired by real characters, that was vaguely the case). And he speaks to a child. But the least satisfying reason is that by wanting local accents on screen, I was concerned that “Nottnm” wouldn’t register for a wider audience and for non-soccer fans The Forest is just a forest.

“My bad. Know this frustrates the fans. I will make amends. Please let me back in town. Proud of your pride in your team.”

Alun Armstrong's character referred to Nottingham Forest as

Alun Armstrong’s character referred to Nottingham Forest as “Notts Forest”. (BBC)

Arsher Ali, actor born in Nottingham, who starred in Course of action, Ackley Bridge and Informanttweeted: “‘Notts Forest’? You come to film a show *in* Nottingham AND make that mistake. No, duck. Do your research.”

BBC East Midlands reporter Tony Roe added: “‘Notts Forest’ oohs all over Nottinghamshire at that.”

Another viewer commented, “I’m outraged! #Sherwood Nott Forest!!! Seriously! James Graham come on man! #NFFC

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It was a common complaint when the episode aired, although viewers mostly enjoyed the rest of the series featuring David Morrissey, Robert GlenisterLesley Manville and Joanne Froggatt.

One viewer tweeted: “Notts Forest! Bit of a noise to drop.”

David Morrisey, Lesley Manville and Robert Glenister star.  (BBC)

David Morrisey, Lesley Manville and Robert Glenister star. (BBC)

Someone else agreed: ‘Nobody in Nottinghamshire would call them ‘Notts Forest’.”

Another person commented: “Oh nooo. ‘Notts Forest’ from @BBCOneit’s Sherwood. And a local screenwriter too.”

Someone else wrote: “Well, Ep1 of #Sherwood was excellent. But the “Notts” forest? Even most cockneys wouldn’t make that mistake – Cloughie will be rolling in his grave!”

Joanne Froggatt in Sherwood

Joanne Froggatt had said the drama was very genuine for the people of Nottingham. (BBC)

Before the series aired, Graham said, “Coming from this community, places like this rarely get screen time. I don’t think there’s ever been any drama unfolding in the part of the world that I grew up in. So to be able to put those voices and those people, their sense of humor and their spirit, that experience and the conditions that underlie that community on screen, is a huge privilege. “

Froggatt, who plays future local councilor Sarah Vincent, added: “I’ve lived in the Midlands for 10 years of my life and James is local so he knows the sense of humor of that part of the country, and he hits that nail on the head. For me, that also adds to the authenticity of the characters.”

Sherwood continues Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. on BBC One.

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