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THE HOLLYWOOD MACHINE. BBC2 Saturdays, June 8-22, 8.20-9.20pm

The Hollywood Machine is a three-part inside view of the Dream Factory, where nine dreams out of 10 turn into nightmares for those who have put money into them. We follow the making of a film from the first concept, through script development and pre-production to filming and beyond, taking in promotion, marketing and spin-offs.

Given that the cinema is a multi-million-dollar industry involving scores of hard-nosed financiers and a host of creative talents, you would think their combined efforts would ensure that no film ever failed. So why does the machine so often turn out junk? The films include interviews with some of the leading players from both sides of the camera. Just don't give them your savings.

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