Peake: UK TV should get pat on back

Maxine Peake has said she thinks we are too quick to turn to other countries for good TV and should praise our own talent more.

Maxine Peake says more needs to be done to recognise British TV
Maxine Peake says more needs to be done to recognise British TV

The Village star, who was nominated for a best actress award at the TV Baftas, said she thought more needed to be done to recognise homegrown hits.

She said of working in TV: "Well, it's become cool again because at one point, especially if you spoke to young actors it'd be, 'Oh, I don't want to do telly,' everyone wanted to be film stars. Now because of the big American influence and obviously the Nordic influence, it's become cool again.

"But I still think we look to other countries and we give ourselves a kicking. And sometimes I get really annoyed when you look on the front of Radio Times and it's a show from America or a show from Sweden on the cover and I think, 'I wish we'd be a bit kinder to our home grown talent'."

Maxine also added that she would like to work on a comedy to balance out the dark drama of The Mill.

Asked if she wanted to do comedy, she replied: "Definitely. I don't want too much misery, I've got to have my fill. I'd love to do a bit more darker comedy, a bit surreal."

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