Sales of British TV shows overseas reached almost £1.28bn in 2013, primarily driven by The X Factor, Downton Abbey, Top Gear and Sherlock.
American networks love British TV shows – the United States accounted for 47 percent of total sales, £523 million, compared to Europe’s 27 percent. Demand is also increasing further afield. The Chinese have become huge fans of British dramas and gameshows. In 2013, China spent £17 million on TV imports from the UK, a 40 percent increase on 2012.
This chart shows UK television exports to selected countries in 2013.
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