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Great TV 'at expense of film-making,' says David Tennant

David Tennant (Ian West/PA)
David Tennant (Ian West/PA)

By Sherna Noah

The golden age of television has been "at the expense of independent film-making," David Tennant has said.

Critics have hailed shows from The Sopranos and The Wire to Game Of Thrones as evidence of the small screen's golden age.

But Broadchurch star Tennant (48) said there was a downside.

"The golden age of television, if that is what we're in, has thrived at the expense of independent film-making," he told Radio Times magazine. "But then you get these long-form dramas that are so beautifully made, written and acted, something like (HBO series) Succession, which I think is just delicious."

His comments came after some filmmakers warned the UK could face the loss of its independent movie business.

The increasing power of US streaming platforms, such as Netflix, which recently released independent film A Marriage Story, is said to have increased competition for stars as well as pushing up costs.

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