You heard right – according to a survey by UK bank Barclays, UK TV dramas are good news for the economy because they're encouraging tourism.
The bank surveyed 100,000 tourists and found that more than 22% of them said the success of international TV shows like The Crown and Downton Abbey made them more attracted to the UK as a place to go on holiday.
UK TV is apparently particularly popular with Chinese and US tourists. 44% of Chinese tourists said that their love for local TV programmes was a main reason for coming to the UK. More than a quarter of US travelers said the same.
Overall, more than 63% of people surveyed said they’re more interested in coming to the UK than they used to be.
More people coming to the UK as tourists means more people spending money in shops, restaurants, bars, open top bus tours, you name it. More money being spent is really good news for the people who work in those industries.
So this can only mean one thing. More telly please!