The Future of TV Drama in the U.K. Dependent on Making Shows More U.S. Friendly

Sep 1, 2010  •  Post A Comment

With the money invested in oiriginal TV content in the United Kingdom falling about $460 million in the last six years, the director general of the BBC says the future of TV drama in the U.K. depends upon making shows more U.S. friendly, reports The Stage News.

The BBC director general, Mark Thompson, "claimed there has been a ‘growth in appetite’ from cable channels in the USA for UK dramas and added that audiences in the UK are more open to seeing dramas that include both American and British actors, which in turn makes them more sellable," the article says.

Thompson added, the story says, that "UK audiences are much more comfortable now with the idea of outstanding programming which has got some quality of global casting or setting. They are much more familiar with and enjoy American drama. The idea that there are cultural problems with making drama that could work in the UK, but also work in the US and other markets, is much less [plausible]. We are going to have to do it if we are to go on making the volume of drama we would like to make.”

Thompson’s remarks came during his an address called the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.

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