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Record film and high end television production spend for 2022


Spend on film and high end television (HETV) production reached a record £5.37bn in the UK last year – an increase of 6% from 2021.

The latest figures from the BFI show that international feature film production in the UK was £1.74bn and HETV inward investment grew to £3.63bn.

Some of the titles contributing to the levels include Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2; Sex Education Series 4; Fast X; Barbie; Anansi Boys; and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2.

“As today’s figures demonstrate, the UK inward investment film and TV industry continues to experience remarkable growth in production, generating billions of pounds for the UK economy and thousands of new jobs in production hubs throughout the UK’s nations and regions,” said Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission.

“It’s a real testament to the strength of our regional as well as metropolitan offer that so many major film and High-end TV productions choose to base themselves through the length and breadth of the UK. With the right levels of ongoing investment in skills, support and infrastructure, the UK is well-positioned to attract major international film and TV productions for many years to come.’’

Some of the big productions filming in this region were All Creatures Great and Small Season 3 (PBS) and The Full Monty (Disney+) in Yorkshire and Peaky Blinders Season 6 (Netflix), Bodies (Netflix), Entitled (Showtime) and Everyone Else Burns (NBCUniversal) in the North West.

“Today’s record-breaking figures for film and TV production in the UK are great news for our industry and the UK economy and underlines the success of our industry at a global level,” added Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive.

“Our world-class talent, craft and production services, and vital film and TV tax reliefs, have enabled the UK to be a major player in a highly competitive global industry. Further investment in expanding studio space UK-wide to meet production demand will continue to build on this economic success and create further jobs.”

The BFI stated that while film production has increased 31% from last year, there has been a 3% decrease in HETV spend. The organisation suggested that this could rise, as these are currently interim figures.

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