Dialect coach Andrew Jack does ‘A tour of the British Isles in accents’. It’s a really interesting, quick overview of how very different the accents in the UK can be.
The most accepted and sought-after accent is know as RP, or ‘Received Pronunciation’. Traditionally, this accent has been referred to as ‘The Queen’s English’ or ‘BBC English’. These days, however, it seems the accent has softened, become less a marker of the upper social classes, and it is essentially just a standard Southern English accent.
Many students like to learn a clear, standard British accent by using a pronunciation book. These come with CDs so you can practice and get familiar with the sounds whilst you are doing something else, like washing the dishes!
If you wish learn standard British accent, we recommend ‘Tree or Three’ for elementary level (Amazon links below)
Tree or Three? Student’s Book and Audio CD: An Elementary Pronunciation Course
‘Ship or Sheep’ for intermediate level
Ship or Sheep? Book and Audio CD Pack: An Intermediate Pronunciation Course
or ‘Get Rid of Your Accent’ for upper intermediate / advanced Level
Get Rid of Your Accent: The English Pronunciation and Speech Training Manual