Philip Glenister blasts networks

'Ashes to Ashes' star Philip Glenister has blasted the BBC and ITV for stifling dramas and destroying creativity

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Philip Glenister

Philip Glenister

Philip Glenister has blasted the BBC and ITV for ruining British drama.

The 'Ashes to Ashes' star thinks network executives try to interfere too much with programme making, resulting in creativity being stifled.

He said: "The problem with the BBC and ITV is that there are so many levels of people coming in and telling you how to do things.

"There's too many generals who don't leave you to get on with it.

"Sometimes there's a nanny thing going on - it's something they need to have a look at.

"It's about self-censorship as well. We're big enough to know when we've pushed the boundaries too far."

The actor - who played detective Gene Hunt in BBC drama 'Ashes to Ashes' - also said the BBC should stop trying to squeeze lots of dramas into its schedule - but make a few good quality ones instead.

He added: "There needs to be investment in quality dramas. Rather than make 20, make five good ones."

Instead he praised Channel 5 and Sky1 because they were more likely to stop management interfering in creating high-quality dramas.

Philip - whose four-part drama 'Mad Dogs' will be shown on Sky1 this autumn - said many stars were flocking to Sky because they are allowed more creative freedom.

Big names to make a move include Victoria Wood, Catherine Tate, David Morrissey, Natascha McElhone, Kathy Burke and Ricky Gervais.

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