Who's to Blame for Mumbling TV Actors? LETTERS Debate

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Who's to Blame for Mumbling TV Actors? LETTERS Debate


CHRISTOPHER STEVENS was spot-on about inaudible TV programmes (Mail). Often, the unnecessary background music is so loud, you can't hear the actors. It is all very well telling us to turn on the subtitles, but my wife's sight is so poor she can't read them.

W.G. SALE, Saltash, Cornwall.

THE recent problems involving BBC1's Jamaica Inn remind me of the time I went to see James Mason in Measure For Measure at the Stratford Festival, Ontario, in 1954. The mellifluous tones of his voice disappeared as the actor struggled to project enough to be heard. 'Having made movies for so many years with a microphone just inches from my head, I have lost completely the ability to project to the back of the theatre,' he admitted. Perhaps one reason for the inaudability of our modern TV actors is their lack of theatre experience.

COLIN BOWER, Nottingham.

FROM the early Sixties to 2010, I was a sound recordist on TV dramas (including Brideshead Revisited). So I know that if a microphone on a boom pole is placed in front of the artist at 18in to 3ft, it will record faithfully the sound with which it is presented. If that presentation is muttered or indistinct, it will faithfully reproduce that. It's up to the director to ensure the artist doesn't mumble.

PHIL SMITH, Wilmslow, Cheshire. …

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