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Gabriel Byrne drama Quirke is the latest BBC show to be criticised for poor sound quality

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

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Did you watch Quirke with Gabriel Byrne in? Could you hear it?

Critics have laid into the BBC one drama which aired on Sunday night for its poor sound quality.

The show set in Ireland is based on crime novels by Booker Prize-winning author John Banville.

Not long after the programme began people took to twitter to complain about the bad lighting and mumbling.

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One viewer in Gloucester said: "I started watching it as it looked great but we turned over after 10 minutes - it was just too hard going to understand.

"We kept having to turn the sound up all the time but it made no difference."

TV presenter Richard Madeley ‏was among high profile critics of the show, he tweeted: "Was REALLY looking forward to Quirke, BBC1, 9pm - but despite winding volume up to 100% STILL can't hear at least a third of dialogue!AGAIN!"

The complaints come just weeks after the BBC's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn also received a pasting over its sound quality.

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