TIL in 2007, casting agents in the UK were struggling to find British children that could speak with an RP accent. There is the belief that this was the direct result of overconsumption of Australian TV shows, especially Neighbours.

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/neighbours-eroding-british-accent-20070724-gdqoz6.html

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  1. It’s probably more because Received Pronunciation is something of an artificial prestige accent that has to be specifically taught to people (much like the American Mid-Atlantic Accent).

    These days, there is much less social pressure on people to “speak posh” so people are less likely to go out of their way to make their children speak like BBC newsreaders.

  2. That was simply the opinion of TV producer Suzan Harrison, not any language expert.

    It seems doubtful because I know that as a kid I watched a ton of UK shows like The Goodies, Doctor Who – but also US stuff like Sesame Street. But I still have an Australian accent and do not say scone like Bill Oddie does, nor have the US accent from Sesame Street.

    Anyway UK kids watch US stuff like Friends. Do they have US accents?

    I suspect fewer UK kids speak RP simply because RP became generally much less used in the UK as a whole.

  3. This was also a problem in the early 90s. Although, I can imagine that it would have been worse back them. Neighbours, Home and Away, Round the Twist, and Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. Blinky Bill may also have been around at that time.

    It is a surprise it managed to last until at least 2007.

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