25 Dec 2012

Pronunciation - what to watch

You ask me what films/ TV programmes to watch in order to have a go at some solid (mainly) British accents. Below a couple of my favourites (links to their official sites):

One Woman, 17 British Accents by Anglophenia - I'm just loving her! :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyyT2jmVPAk


To listen
British Council - Regional UK accents
https://soundcloud.com/britishcouncil/sets/regional-uk-accents

TV Series
Doctor Who
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0
Sherlock
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018ttws
Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/prideandprejudice/
Allo Allo
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006xyt3
You rang M'lord?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/yourangmlord/
The Office
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/
Casualty
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m8wd
EastEnders
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m86d

Films (in no particular order)
Love Actually
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0314331/
About a Boy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0276751/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Bridget Jones's Diary
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243155/?ref_=tt_rec_tti
Four Weddings and a Funeral
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109831/?ref_=tt_rec_tti
About Time
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194499/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_9
Sense and Sensibility
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114388/?ref_=nm_knf_i1
Pride and Prejudice
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414387/?ref_=nm_knf_i2
King's Speech - brilliant pron exercises!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1504320/?ref_=nm_knf_i1
Trainspotting
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117951/
Snatch
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0208092/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TV shows 
The Graham Norton Show
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006xnzc
Parkinson
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00p13h1
Stephen Fry's 100 Greatest Gadgets
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/stephen-frys-100-greatest-gadgets
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/chris-moyles-quiz-night
Just a minute
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s5dp

TV culinary shows
Heston Blumenthal - Heston's Feasts
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hestons-feasts/episode-guide
Heston Blumenthal - Heston's Great British Food
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hestons-great-british-food/episode-guide
Heston Blumenthal - Heston's Mission Impossible
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hestons-mission-impossible/episode-guide
Heston Blumenthal - In search of Perfection
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006pp8t/episodes/guide
Masterchef Australia (with Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston)
http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/masterchef
Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/gordon-ramsays-ultimate-cookery-course/episode-guide
Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/gordon-ramsays-home-cooking/episode-guide
Gordon Behind Bars
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/gordon-behind-bars
Jamie's Great Britain
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jamies-great-britain
Jamie Oliver's 15-Minute Meals
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jamies-15-minute-meals/episode-guide
Come Dine with Me
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/come-dine-with-me
Nigella Lawson's new show - The Taste
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-taste/4od

Internet accents to watch
TED: Ideas worth spreading
http://www.ted.com/
Sting: How I started writing songs again
http://www.ted.com/talks/sting_how_i_started_writing_songs_again

Scotland
The Birth of the Kilt (BBC One)  :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YQIA_FEe3o
Danny Bhoy on bagpipes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ9-J9dpim0
Frankie Boyle on the Scots
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTPSYbeNaa8
Limmy's Show - Adventure Call
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qyYg_bfrlw

Sample speakers:
House (M.D) - Hugh Laurie :))
House (M.D) - Hugh Laurie is not American!
Colin Farrell - Dublin (Irish) accent

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