Soldiers' voices

21st November 1997 at 00:00
Aleks Sierz's review (TES2 Nov 11) of our Channel 4 series, The Crimean War concluded that "some of its production values are poor". Specifically, he mentioned "the fakey foreign accents of the Russian and French eye-witnesses".

Since not only the Russian and French but also the West Indian, Italian and even Croatian characters' letters and diary extracts were read in every case by nationals of those countries - I would refute that charge. Sierz's only other criticism was that the singing was "ragged". It seemed to us that smooth professional voices would have been utterly inappropriate for soldiers singing on the march .

PAUL KERR

Series producer ( co-author)

Cambridge Grove, London W6

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