David Tennant criticizes government plan to force broadcasters to produce ‘characteristically British’ shows


David Tennant beat out at Conservative their government plans to force broadcasters to produce “characteristically British” TV shows.

On his last day as communications and data minister in September, MP John Whittingdale told the Royal Television Society conference that he would propose that public service broadcasters expand their reach to focus on specific British programmes.

While acknowledging that Britishness is “a difficult concept to measure”, he said Ofcom would be asked to provide a definition and quote Only fools and horses, Fleabag, Derry Girls and Which doctor? as an example.

In a new interview, Tennant, who played the Doctor from 2005 to 2010, questioned the British government’s need for broadcasters to produce programs rooted in English and whether it has more sinister connotations or not.

“Is there some criticism inherent in this plea for more British people?” he told Radio Times. “Britishness means ‘made in the UK’ or shows with certain political views?”

He continued: “Why does the government feel they need more sympathy towards them? Maybe that’s a question they should ask themselves, instead of trying to blame the TV industry.”

The next Tennant can be seen in a new TV adaptation of Around the world in eighty days, will start on BBC from Boxing Day.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/david-tennant-government-conservative-british-shows-b1971124.html David Tennant criticizes government plan to force broadcasters to produce ‘characteristically British’ shows

Emma Bowman

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