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The Kumars star on dramas, budgets and the fight to have all facets of British culture portrayed on TV

Daytime television is generally regarded as cheap, schedule-filling fodder for housewives and the retired, but with the schedules facing cuts, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar has spoken up in its defence.

Earlier this year BBC2 daytime shows were axed and replaced with repeats and news in a bid to save money in the face of a licence fee freeze. But Bhaskar, who stars in the award-winning daytime BBC1 series The Indian Doctor, has argued that daytime television can and should be challenging. "Good quality drama is not just the preserve of the evenings," he said. "Traditionally, daytime shows were associated with cooking shows, bargain shows, Diy, etc – it was seen as the realm of the housewife at home or the retired person, that kind of stuff."

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