The British Broadcasting Corporation, which has won numerous international awards for its TV dramas, has, according to actor Ian McKellan, been reducing the number that it turns out each season, replacing them with low-budget reality shows. It's a situation that has drawn the wrath of McKellen, one of Britain's most honored actors. "It's a shame for actors and I think for audiences too that there aren't so many single TV dramas these days," McKellan told the London Daily Telegraph . "There was something thrilling about those one-off plays that changed society in front of your eyes. ... Everybody talked about them." McKellen complained that the result of abandoning such productions is that "The great experiment, of what TV can do in telling a story, has been frittered away a bit." In response, a spokesperson for the BBC said that it "commissions over 240 hours of drama a year across all channels, offering viewers a rich mix of critically acclaimed work that is enjoyed by millions every week."