Charlie Haylock's The Dig phrase book

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Voice coach Charlie Haylock turned the dialogue for The Dig into Suffolk-speak for actors Ralph Fiennes and Monica Dolan - Credit: Lucy Taylor

One of Charlie Haylock’s key roles as a voice coach on The Dig was to ‘Suffolkate’ the script – turning the actor’s dialogue into phonetic Suffolk-speak.

Charlie explained: “I did not insert phrases like "Sloightly on the huh" as people watching the film from outside East Anglia wouldn't understand nor any other such phrases or sayings. But I did include these phrases because they could be understood due to the context in which they were delivered…”

"Come along t'gether !"" instead of  "Come on you lot !"

"Cood Blaast !"

"Cood a hell ! Thas Robert !" instead of  "Blimey! That's Robert!"


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