One of the most misrepresented accents in the English language. Offenders include Dick Van Dyke (may he rot in hell), the Artful Dodger and any Murder She Wrote episode set in London. Give over, guv'nor. It appears that Hollywood is ignorant fact that cockney is no longer actually spoken and has been consumed by the more generic London accent. People no longer identify themselves as cockney: they are Londoners or EastEnders. In fact, the regional accent is at risk in modern Britain mainly due to the increase in communications technology and work-based travel commitments.