Coronation Street star turned cheesemaker Sean Wilson has claimed the ITV1 soap has to be made “on the cheap”.
The actor played Martin Platt in the long-running soap until 2005 but has now turned his hand to making and promoting his range of Lancashire cheeses.
The 44-year-old told the Swindon Advertiser: “Television has shot itself in the foot at the moment, it has spent a lots of money on the wrong things and has to now make things on the cheap, or in a reality show format.
“It’s fair to say Coronation Street has had to take that route but I had a lovely 21 years there.”
Sean, who runs the Saddleworth Cheese Company, denied that he had retired from acting.
“If you are out of showbusiness for a while, agents just don’t ring you as much,” he added.
A spokeswoman for Coronation Street did not wish to comment on Sean’s remarks.