The British film and television industries never had it so good. The amount spent on film production rose 12 per cent year-on-year to a record 1..9 billion, with four of the top five at the box office - The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast, Dunkirk and Paddington 2 - based in the UK. This was the highest film investment figure since the British Film Institute (BFI) began keeping records in 1994.
Spending on high-end TV production, from Game of Thrones to Peaky Blinders and The Crown, rose 9 per cent to a record 938 million last year. Overall, spending on making films and high-end TV shows in the UK grew 11 per cent year-on-year to a record 2.84 billion.
So what makes the UK such a popular destination for film- and TV-producers?