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Is big-budget television threatening cinema? – BBC News –

Claire Foy and Matt Smith on the set of The Crown.Image copyright
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Sitting in a trailer on the set, the producer of Netflix’s The Crown declines to tell me how much it all costs. But a member of the crew later chortles that they “spent £750,000 yesterday”.

It looks like a film, costs as much as a film and, according to executive producer Andy Harries, is “filling a big gap in the market”.

But one of the leading film producers in the UK, whose work includes Bridget Jones and Love Actually, says super-TV has made his job more difficult.

Andy Harries says he is creating a “viewing experience that is somewhere beyond top-end television and much nearer to big-budget feature films”.

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The set of The Crown at Elstree Studios in north London

It is filling a gap in the market, he says, created by “traditional Hollywood’s” focus on the teenage market.

“The kind of dramas

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