British hit drama Downton Abbey leads way in TV exports
PARIS (AFP) - Britain in 2012 held on to its position as the world's second biggest exporter of television programmes after the US on the back of hit dramas such as Downton Abbey and Call The Midwife, a report said on Thursday.
Talent shows such as the Dutch-originated The Voice, meanwhile, illustrated the continued huge popularity of reality television, according to the Television Year in the World report by audience researcher company Eurodata TV Worldwide.
Period drama Downton Abbey has been sold to over 100 countries with the third series attracting a record 8.2 million viewers on the US channel PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), it said.
Other programmes bolstering United Kingdom (UK) exports included the drama Mr Selfridge and detective series Midsomer Murders.