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UK TV and film production spend hit £3.1 billion in 2018

High-end TV spend was up 4 per cent compared to 2017

According to new figures from the British Film Institute, production spend on feature films and high-end TV in the UK reached £3.7 billion in 2018, the second highest on record after 2017’s £3.28 billion.

High-end TV, driven by such shows as The Crown and Game of Thrones, as well as the likes of the forthcoming His Dark Materials, reached £1.173 billion, up 4 per cent compared to 2017 and the highest level since the government’s tax relief was introduced in 2013.

In film, spending topped £1.628 billion, helped by the likes of Star Wars: Episode IX and Wonder Woman 1984 basing their production in the UK.

“In a time of seismic change, today’s figures prove that film and television are thriving, a vital creative industry that is outstripping other sectors,” said Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI. “With spend for film and high-end television production at almost £3.1 billion, we remain one of the most in demand places in the world to create moving image content.”