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Brit film tops TV movie ratings
Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot starred Jamie Bell as a young ballet dancer
The British film industry is holding its own when it comes to attracting TV audiences, research suggests.

Recent British films accounted for four out of the 10 most watched movies in 2003, despite making up less than 3% of films screened on terrestrial TV.

Billy Elliot was the most popular film, with 12.7 million tuning in, according to the UK Film Council.

It beat Cast Away, The Sixth Sense and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade to the number one spot.

The Full Monty and two James Bond films - The World is Not Enough and GoldenEye - were the other UK-made films to feature in the top 10.

1. Billy Elliot - 12.7m
2. Cast Away - 9.6m
3. The Sixth Sense - 9m
4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - 8.8m
5. Dr Doolittle - 8.2m
6. The World is Not Enough - 7.8m
7. The Thomas Crown Affair - 7.7m
8. The Full Monty - 7.6m
9. GoldenEye - 7.5m
10. Meet the Parents - 7.4m
Source: UK Film Council
The World is Not Enough was the sixth most watched film, with 7.8 million viewers, The Full Monty had 7.6 million and GoldenEye was seen by 7.5 million.

Although 2003 saw an increase in British films aired, they accounted for a tiny percentage, with 65 out of 2,339 classed as recent home-grown productions.

A poll undertaken by the UK Film Council also revealed support for British films on TV, with 81% believing broadcasters had a responsibility to support the industry.

And 52% of respondents said there were already enough films shown on TV, with 36% saying they wanted more.

'Run of successes'

The chief executive of the UK Film Council, John Woodward, called for broadcasters to get more involved with the film industry.

He said: "Recently, the UK has enjoyed a run of terrific successes with Calendar Girls, Love Actually, as well as Lottery-funded films such as Bend It Like Beckham and 28 Days Later.

"But improving the poor record of UK broadcaster investment in the production and showing of new British films is a vital ingredient to building a sustainable UK film industry for the long-term.

"Improving the poor level of involvement would benefit our culture and our economy, and as these figures show, it is what viewers want to see."

The BBC's Torin Douglas
"The public regard British films as part of the country's heritage"

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