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BBC One Sherwood writer James Graham apologises over ‘Notts Forest’ reference

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The writer of new BBC One drama Sherwood has explained why ‘Notts Forest’ was referenced within the first episode after facing a social media backlash. It aired for the first time on Monday (June 13) at 9pm, and the series is inspired by two Nottinghamshire murders back in 2004.

The once world record transfer fee for ex-Nottingham Forest star Trevor Francis was mentioned in one of the opening scenes of the first episode. However, the team was referred to as ‘Notts Forest’ rather than Nottingham Forest, which left some viewers baffled.

Writer James Graham, who comes from Nottinghamshire himself, took to Twitter to explain why that was said after the social media outcry. He said he will “make amends” and held his hands up, saying “my bad”.

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James Graham Tweeted: “On the hundreds of messages about ‘Notts Forest’, you are of course absolutely right. A true fan would never. I can (sort of) explain. The reasons were mainly character and accent.

“Because of Gary’s (Alun Armstrong’s) history and politics, we thought no way he’d be a fan, supporting a northern team (inspired by real characters, this was loosely the case). And he’s talking to a child.

“But the less satisfying reason is, by wanting local accents on screen, I worried ‘Nottingham’ wouldn’t register for wider viewers and for non-footy fans, Forest is just a forest. My bad. Know it frustrates fans. I’ll make amends.

“Please let me back into the city. Proud of your pride for your team.”

While watching the show at the time, Labour councillor for Lenton and Wollaton East, and deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, Sally Longford Tweeted: “Oh dear, the start of #Sherwood & husband’s hackles risen “Notts Forest”! @NFFC if you know you know!”

BBC reporter Tony Roe said: “‘Notts Forest’ oohs all over Nottinghamshire at that #Sherwood.” Another viewer said: “Notts forest!!! Don’t hold much hope for rest on it….”

“First problem with #Sherwood is referring to us as Notts Forest,” one fan wrote. “No one in Nottinghamshire would refer to them as ‘Notts Forest'”, another Tweet said.

Sherwood is inspired by two murders which took place around Annesley Village back in 2004, sparking a huge manhunt by Nottinghamshire Police. Written by award-winning James Graham (whose previous achievements include Finding Neverland), he has drawn his inspiration for the series from real-life events in the Nottinghamshire village where he grew up.

The second episode of the six-part series airs on Tuesday (June 14) – all episodes are around an hour long. The BBC has confirmed filming took place in Nottinghamshire locations such as in the village of Annesley, at Newstead Abbey and also at Newstead station.

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