The UK film industry's wide-ranging and award-winning repertoire also includes compelling historical dramas such as The King's Speech, animations like Wallace and Gromit, and documentaries including Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop.
The independent television sector is another success story, producing groundbreaking shows that are syndicated and replicated around the world. Iconic series The X-Factor and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and scripted dramas Sherlock and Downton Abbey have been watched in hundreds of territories. And the world would simply be a darker place without classic British comedies The Office, The Thick of It and Fawlty Towers.
London dominates these sectors. Over half (55%) of UK film companies are based in the capital, including the UK’s pre-eminent production house, Working Title, who you can thank for Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Love Actually. Two thirds of all the UK’s film jobs are based in London and the South East.
It’s no surprise that so many media companies have headquarters in London. There you’ll find the BBC (the world’s largest broadcaster), Channel 4, ITV, BSkyB and CNN International’s European base. Around two-thirds of TV commissions are produced in the capital.