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BBC to investigate Quirke sound quality

BBC to investigate Quirke sound quality
David Wood
29 May 2014

The BBC is to investigate complaints over sound problems on its new crime drama Quirke – just weeks after thousands of people complained about being unable to hear dialogue in Jamaica Inn.

According to the Press Association, a corporation spokesman said “We appreciate that some viewers experienced problems with the sound when watching Quirke.”

"A wide range of factors can influence audibility and we are looking into why this should be and whether there are any steps we can take to improve the experience for the audience for episode two.

"We will continue to work with others in the television industry on this important subject."

Set in 1950s Dublin and based on the novels by Booker Prize-winning author John Banville, Quirke follows the city’s chief pathologist, played by Gabriel Byrne, as he investigates a murder.

Yesterday Televisual reported that over 200 people complained about Quirke's sound quality.

More than 2,200 viewers complained about Jamaica Inn last month despite the corporation saying it had adjusted sound levels following the backlash from viewers unable to hear dialogue.

Many said they had to put subtitles on for the TV adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier classic.

Almost a year ago BBC director-general Tony Hall said the corporation could look at how to stop actors "muttering" in its TV dramas.

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Paul B Brown
Paul B Brown  | June 4, 2014
This is a new problem which never existed before loudness ajustment and 5.1 came in,the combination of the two may well have an effect on the problem

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