The UK remains one of the top production hubs in the world and offers several world-class studio facilities, mostly based around London. The UK’s generous filming incentive programme facilitates big-budget features and high-profile TV shows to film in the country.
London’s Pinewood studios has been already been home to Disney's Star Wars franchise for a number of years, and Netflix has recently set up a UK production hub at Shepperton Studios in Surrey.
Several of London’s biggest studio facilities are expanding to cater for demand. Around the UK existing industrial spaces are increasingly being used as adapted filming spaces and international shoots are increasingly venturing outside London as resources continue to develop.
The Bottle Yard Studios has become a production hub in Bristol filming series such as The Trial of Christine Keeler, and Poldark. Yorkshire is also a burgeoning production hub, with rate of growth outpacing the rest of the UK.
Scotland has found success with TV series and films such as Outlander, Outlaw King and Avengers Infinity War capitalising on its scenic beauty. More than one studio should be opening their doors as early as 2020, meaning that productions will also be able to base productions there in the near future.
To the west, Wales offers scenic countryside and historic castles, as well as Pinewood Studio Wales and Wolf Studios in Cardiff. American productions such as HBO’s Industry is currently being filmed here. Netflix hit Sex Education also shot on location in Wales.
Northern Ireland continues to enjoy the global success of Game of Thrones, but otherwise attracts mainly UK based TV. Belfast is well known for its doubling potential having recently doubled for both London in Marcella, and Nottingham for Line of Duty.
The UK has a temperate maritime climate, with winter temperatures rarely falling below freezing, while temperatures reach about 32C at the height of summer. As the UK is an island the climate is constantly affected by the ocean and so conditions can be unpredictable.
Rainfall is evenly distributed across the UK, although October to January tends to see the wettest conditions. By region, the Lake District gets the most rainfall. The north and western areas of the UK generally have the most number of overcast days in a year.