Streaming giant Netflix has doubled its UK production spend to $1bn in 2020 on the back of major global shows including The Crown, The Witcher and Sex Education.

The spend, up from an estimated $500m in the previous year, ranges across drama from indies including Left Bank and Eleven to factual like Raw’s Fear City and Don’t Fuck With Cats and Knickerbockerglory’s American Murder: The Family Next Door and also entertainment including Talkback’s Too Hot To Handle.

A Netflix spokesperson said: “The UK is an incredibly important market to Netflix and we’re proud to be increasing our investment in the UK’s creative industries.

“We will continue to invest in the best content in every genre, and are fully committed to supporting British production and creative talent for many years to come.”

“The Crown, Sex Education and The Witcher are among the shows that have been made in the UK this year and will be watched by the world. And these shows are a testament to the depth of talent that exists here.”

The UK spend is Netflix’s largest outside the US. The UK accounts for around a third of Netflix’s European production.

In July last year, Netflix announced that it was creating a dedicated production hub, featuring 14 sound stages, workshops and office space, at Shepperton Studios.

Jon Creamer