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ITV's Mr Bates vs the Post Office star Toby Jones made major sacrifice for show to happen

ITV series Mr Bates vs the Post Office has caused shockwaves across Britain. Now, it emerges that lead actor Toby Jones made a huge sacrifice to make sure it got made at all

"These kinds of four-part, very British, thoughtful dramas are massively at threat because distributors worry that it is less likely that they will recoup their investment than they would from an international thriller with lots of episodes," Toby confessed in a recent interview. Gwyneth Hughes, the series writer, also revealed that she had to sacrifice some storylines and characters to make the budget work, explaining that with factual drama costs are higher given the sheer amount of research necssary. Lila Williams plays Paula Vennels in the ITV show - former boss of the Post Office during the scandal (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)Speaking to Graham Norton on his BBC chatshow, Toby said: "I hope that this drama and the documentary that goes with it will also mobilise the general population again and make people feel like this has got to be sorted.

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