Local accents sought for new television show

Do you have a strong local accent? Are you proud of where you are from? Do you know the difference between a peely-wally lass and a geezer with a bronzey? Would you like to appear on a new BBC One comedy-entertainment show hosted by David Walliams?

Avalon Television, which is producing a new Saturday night show “I Love My Country” for BBC One is looking for people of all ages from Aberdeenshire to ask a question to camera about the Doric dialect.

If chosen to appear, the programme makers will travel to the successful applicant’s town and film them asking a question about their local dialect, which will later be shown in studio to the country’s brightest and funniest.

A spokesman for the show said: “We’re looking to celebrate all the different ways we speak across the country.

“However, we are only looking for authentic accents, rather than voice artists.”

I Love My Country will see two teams of well-known British faces from the worlds of sport, entertainment and music, led by Frank Skinner and Micky Flanagan, battle it out in a contest of who knows the United Kingdom best.

The show will also feature live music courtesy of a house band fronted by multi-MOBO Award winning singer-songwriter, Jamelia.

A co-production between Avalon Television Scotland and Netherlands-based Talpa, I Love My Country was commissioned by Danny Cohen, controller, BBC One; Alan Tyler, executive editor, entertainment commissioning; and Mark Linsey, controller, entertainment commissioning.

The series will be directed by Peter Orton (Harry Hill’s TV Burp) and produced by Spencer Millman (Harry Hill’s TV Burp), while the executive producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Jon Thoday and Toby Stevens.

Alan Tyler said: “I Love My Country is a funny, boisterous and shamelessly competitive celebration of Great Britain, with the perfect host and captains at the core.”

The show is set to transmit in early 2013. If you would like to take part, contact Claire Selim on 0207 598 7252 or email claires@avalonuk.com