As John Snow stood atop Fair Head, with Ballycastle in the distance (granted, its called something else in the show), an estimated television audience of 16.1 million people got to take in the stunning coastline of Northern Ireland.
At a time when the British economy is looking for leadership, step forward Darth Vader, Adele and Queen Victoria. One of the reasons GDP growth has stayed robust since the EU referendum is the UK’s creative sector. The combined UK film, TV and music industry boomed in the second half of last year, growing almost 11% compared with the previous six months, according to government figures.
Northern Ireland isn’t the only region supporting these projects and reaping the rewards, however, plaudits should be given to organisations such as NI Screen and Tourism Ireland for taking the risk to support creative ventures.