You may recall a recent article that Pro Tools Expert Editor Mike Thornton wrote in regard to the ongoing BBC debate about dialogue audibility in some drama shows.
There's been various theories/reasons/excuses cited many of them by BBC Executives, for example;
- Regional Accents
Once described as one of the worst accents in the country, Peaky Blinders' main characters speak with a (version) of the local Brummie accent. I'm a Brummie born and bred, so I won't go into the authenticity of said accents in the show, but I can hear them loud and clear.
Was there ever drama with as much whispering and mumbling in the dialogue as Peaky Blinders? Perhaps there was, but it still has a lot of scenes that any Shakespearian stage actor would be mortified by, but I can still hear them loud and clear.
- Inappropriate Ambience And Effects
Peaky Blinders has it's fair share of foley and atmosphere, scenes are sometimes in the middle of a loud pub, a noisy party or a metal bashing factory and guess what... yep I can still hear them loud and clear.
- Loud Music
Some of the best music in recent times is used in Peaky Blinders, it's loud and energetic and comes crashing out of the TV set like sitting in some pub gig, but guess what... yes I can still hear them loud and clear.
I'll often be jumping for the remote in a TV show pushing the volume up and down to account for all the above being out of balance, but not once have I done this with Peaky Blinders.
So why do you think Peaky Blinders have managed to get the sound so right? Good direction, on set sound, great post mixers? Perhaps it's all three, whatever it is the production team have pulled a blinder.