Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Abbott calls for more TV films

Award-winning writer Paul Abbott has continued his pressure on broadcasters, with a demand they commission more single films on television.

The outspoken creator of Channel 4’s hit series Shameless, which follows the lives of the dysfunctional Gallagher family on a sink estate in Manchester and has won popular and critical acclaim, said that the reluctance to make screenplays was a problem for the UK.

He warned: “If someone has a brilliant idea for a 90-minute film, they go to the UK Film Council, get funding and release it as a cinema-release film, instead of as TV film. The BBC rarely pays for TV films anymore.”
More from Liz Thomas in The Stage.

1 comment:

  1. He's quite right. And the outcome is too often a stilted piece of cinema divorced from its true audience and natural home.


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