No, you don’t party with Prince Harry or shop with Kate, but you do know a person who knows a person… or, you could just make up some big elaborate story about how, yes, you were there for the Royal Wedding, and yes, Harry is a Facebook friend. Northampton isn’t the first place to get such a raw deal. For Ricky Gervais’ seminal 2001 sitcom The Office has ruined Slough more than John Betjeman’s poem (“come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough”) ever could, with the Berkshire town now immortalised as a post-industrial wasteland of ugly office blocks and banal, dead-end jobs. 1. Prepare to do some explaining…. For some reason around the world, we’re thought of as couch potatoes addicted to our tellies. The North: Our rust-belt. And I'm not even in the deep south. While elsewhere, Manchester has more often than not been a place of funniness and/or cool, from films like 24 Hour Party People, about its legendary 80s music scene, and the uproarious East is East, to the low-key humour of Coronation Street, and sharp, edgy TV comedy like Cucumber, Fresh Meat and The Royle Family. The city’s most famous portrayals – in working class dramas like The Boys from the Blackstuff and Educating Rita – are from the 80s, while since then it has been relegated to period pieces like 2009 John Lennon drama Nowhere Boy and ITV Cilla Black biopic Cilla. This is one stereotype that, most of the time, is actually right. There's no such thing as just a "northern" accent. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. They haven’t seen the new build cul de sacs or council house estates where the majority of us dwell – up to you whether you feel the need to enlighten them or not. In fact, if it wasn’t for BBC2’s historical gangster drama Peaky Blinders, you wouldn’t even get the chance to hear a west Midlands accent on TV – and most of that was actually shot in Leeds and Liverpool. Key appearances include a bit in Gavin and Stacey where they all – Rob Brydon’s Bryn included - go for a Big Night Out in the city and “the Cardiff rift” in Doctor Who’s adult spin-off Torchwood: a wormhole that leads the way for aliens, sex gas monsters and the like. But for Ashton’s Katherine, a civil servant very much from London, it’s home to the Immigration Pathway Department, a “dumping ground” for the service’s worst staff; a suburban Siberia of open fields, affordable housing, and locals who’ve never even seen a Tube. Eats mushy peas, meat pies, and chips with gravy. It also happens to be the setting of BBC1 historical drama du jour Poldark, and between those two it is now firmly enshrined as Britain’s most desirable county. It’s tops off, tanning oil and no sunscreen so our white skin goes straight from pale to pink. by Alex Finnis. But then you get, ahem, less good work like 2013’s crass A Belfast Story, which sent out press packs containing balaclavas, nails and duct tape. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Introducing the key differences between Northern students and Southern students. 11 regional British stereotypes as portrayed on screen. We are overtly appreciative and profusely apologetic, but it’s what makes us so darn nice. Imagine telling someone you work in Slough; forever waiting for them to quietly snigger or – even worse – do The Dance. Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter! For some reason around the world, we’re thought of as couch potatoes addicted to our tellies. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The North is all about industrialization and factories. It covers EVERYTHING. Anything is better than Crossroads. While more recently, TV shows like Sherlock and Luther have turned the Big Smoke into a fantastical noir landscape, pitching it as a sort of rubbish Gotham. Simply click the unsubscribe link at the end of our emails. The latter, while mostly set abroad, did at least address unemployment under “Margaret bloody Thatcher,” which ravaged the north-east in the 80s. Most southerners hold the view that ‘it’s grim up north’. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. We Brits love to sip, slurp and gulp down tea while occasionally dunking a digestive in there too. That stranger in the bunk bed, the lads on your tour bus and couple in the corner may not know you yet, but once you say you’re British they’ll make a few assumptions. The Truth Behind Northern Stereotypes Courtney Michelle Lussier. With fish and chips, Sunday dinners and Nando’s, it’s hard to believe that other nations think the UK doesn’t serve up good grub. Early January is dreamland on the slopes, jump on the 08:55 BA flight from Heathrow and spend the next 3... © Copyright © 1998-2019 Flight Centre (UK) Limited Company Registration No: 2937210Website Development by Umi Digital | Managing Editor Will Jones, You have the right to withdraw your consent to this processing your data at any time. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. A great philosophy for life if you ask me. For information about how we handle your data, please read our, 12 Stereotypes of British People You Need to Know About. Since then, Edinburgh has primarily been the setting for gritty detective dramas like 2000-2007 series Rebus and Case Histories, which finished in 2013. And you’ll never guess who’s just been relocated there. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. For most of us, the answer is obviously a big fat ‘no’, but that won’t stop your new foreign friends from quizzing you about the rest of the royals. Yet there’s more to Cornwall than Doc Martin. Imagine the stories, imagine... Our early season extravaganza, take the 07:00 BA flight from Heathrow and be in the mountains in time for the... Meet new friends at an original summer camp experience in the beautiful Spanish holiday destination, Ibiza. It is the place that dreams go to die; an image that will no doubt be compounded even further this year with Sky 1’s Apocalypse Slough, where the future of civilisation will be humorously played out within its dour suburbs. In the South wealth is measured by the amount of land you have or the amount of love in your own home. California residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. ‘Not Safe for Work’ begins on Channel 4 on 30 June at 10pm, Paddington helped British independent film bring in record audiences in 2014, Stella Gibson hunts for the man killing women in Belfast, Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle in Trainspotting in 1996, Location is part of the charm of 'Last of the Summer Wine'.