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Burton and Taylor signals end of the affair for BBC4 homegrown drama

by on July 21, 2013 in featured item, Lead story, PR, Rock 'n Roll, TV

The TV biopic starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor will be a bittersweet affair for BBC4..

The digital channel, which celebrated its 10th birthday last year, has won a string of awards and some of its biggest audiences for biopics about Kenneth Williams, Hattie Jacques, Kenny Everett, Fanny Craddock and Enid Blyton (coincidentally also played by Bonham Carter).

But the channel will have to further that reputation without homegrown drama, which has been axed, with big cuts to its history, entertainment, documentary and science programming as part of the BBC’s “delivering quality first” savings enforced after the licence fee was frozen in 2010.

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