Figures show that film and TV production contributed £18.3 million to Bristol economy

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Doctor WHo series 10 was partly filmed in Kings Weston House and Redcliffe Caves

New figures released today by Bristol Film Office show that film and TV production in the city continued to rise last year, contributing £18.3 million to Bristol’s economy in 2016-17.

In a year that saw a number of new series choose Bristol as their base, including powerful drama Three Girls (BBC) and comedy thriller Crazyhead (E4/Netflix), a number of major titles also returned to the city, including hit dramas Broadchurch (ITV) and Doctor Who (BBC).

The city’s appeal to productions working on location continued to grow, 484 productions, up 31% on the previous year’s total of 370. The number of filming days recorded also increased, with a total of 1,050 taking place over the course of the year; up 11% on 2015/16 and an increase of 83% on 2014/15.

Overall, total inward investment to Bristol from productions using services provided by Bristol Film Office and The Bottle Yard Studios totalled £18,354,000 in 2016/17, an 11% rise on the previous year’s total of £16.6m. The popularity of The Bottle Yard Studios with its eight stages and onsite business community, coupled with Bristol’s experienced crew and wider facilities infrastructure, are widely regarded to be key drivers of the consistently strong levels of production. UK tax incentives have also played a major role in attracting more, big budget TV and film productions to the UK, many of which look outside London for studios and cost-effective locations.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Bristol’s cultural sector is a thriving environment of creativity, industry, opportunity and diversity. This is in part fuelled by our growing reputation as a filming destination, attracting some of the biggest names in UK TV and film to either base their productions in Bristol or use the city as a backdrop. At the forefront of this success are the Bristol Film Office and The Bottle Yard Studios whose good work is evidenced by these latest figures.”