BATMAN BEGINS star Cillian Murphy is desperate to pursue a Tv career after growing tired of big-budget movies.

The Irish actor has his sights set on swapping films for the small screen, admitting he prefers the quality of writing in the current crop of hit shows.

He tells Port Magazine, "I'm... hoping to do some telly (Tv). The smart mid-budget movie, which has been my bread and butter, has been squeezed out quite a bit. People are very reluctant to take a chance on a smart $17 million movie. They'd much rather throw everything into a dumb $250 million movie. But you don't find that in Tv where the writing just gets better and better, and you've the opportunity to develop a character over many hours."

And Murphy is convinced his best work is ahead of him, adding, "I can't remember which director said it, but he said it takes 30 years to make a good actor. Longevity matters. I'm 16 years in, just over the hump, and when I'm 50 I should know if I've mastered my trade, or failed gloriously."