Just for fun, here’s a British English accent/dialect gradient I noticed, by watching British crime dramas ….

Shetland – Shetland Islands
George Gently – Northumberland
Happy Valley – Yorkshire
Life on Mars – Manchester
Hinterland – Wales
Inspector Morse – Oxford
Prime Suspect – London
Foyle’s War – Sussex
Broadchurch – Dorset

And have a listen at British Library Sounds for even more samples of all varieties of the Queen’s English. The conversations are fascinating.

If you are a British crime drama buff, Timothy J. Barron has compiled an exhaustive catalogue, with some reviews and recommendations.

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