MOVIES and TV shows being shot in Glasgow brought more than £15m to its economy last year.

A new report by the Glasgow Film Office says that 2017 saw shoots in the city bring in £15.1m to the local economy - this is down from 2016, when it was estimated at £16.3m, but higher than the figures in 2014 and 2015.

The office, set up 21 years ago, has generated £300m for the city's economy since then, the council said.

The Cry, the new BBC One drama which airs tomorrow night, was partially shot in the west end of Glasgow.

The figures show that Glasgow is holding its own as a film and television location in comparison with other cities in Scotland and the UK.

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Edinburgh's economy boosted by £16.1m by film and TV in the same period: the capital benefitted from the shooting of the large superhero production, Avengers: Infinity War.

Councillor Greg Hepburn, chair of the neighbourhoods, housing and public realm committee of the council, said: "This very weekend audiences will see how Glasgow has become a favoured location for film and television productions.

"The Wife opens in Scotland’s cinemas and is already being touted as an Oscar winner for Glenn Close.

"And The Cry starts on BBC on Sunday night, the prime slot for television drama.

"High-end productions like these really boost not only the profile of Glasgow within the screen industries but takes our city and its fabulous locations to national and international audiences.

"It is also a tremendous boost the city economy, pumping in over £15million in the past year."

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He added: "Glasgow has become a natural home for film and television productions of all sizes, from Hollywood blockbusters to critically acclaimed dramas. And this is in no small way due to the efforts of the council’s Glasgow Film Office.

"The reputation we’ve built means we can look forward to more major productions coming to Glasgow for years to come."

The report, which was published yesterday, said were several reasons for the fluctuations in income to the city from film and TV shoots.

These include a "cyclical downturn in number of large scale TV dramas being commissioned for production in Scotland", as well as local production crews speaking for help directly to the Glasgow City Council for permissions for shooting - bypassing the GFO.

However, the report adds: "Contrasting Glasgow with other UK cities, the figures... show that Glasgow compares positively.

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"Both Liverpool and Edinburgh reported 2017 as their most successful year ever but if we look at the figures in greater depth, Liverpool’s local spend is lower than Glasgow’s regular annual total and Edinburgh’s figure for 2017 is mostly derived from hosting one large scale Hollywood production.

"Bristol’s figure [£18.3m] demonstrates the economic benefit of hosting a returning high value drama series such as Poldark or Sherlock."

It notes: "Glasgow currently does not host a returning drama series – the returning US series Outlander is based in a studio facility in Cumbernauld and while it uses Glasgow crew, facilities and some locations, the local spend derived from it cannot be quantified fully by GFO."

The Glasgow Film Office was established in 1997, which was the same year a film charter was set up, to help promote the city as "film friendly".

Glasgow, despite several location shoots in other parts of the country and the presence of Outlander in Cumbernauld, is home to most of the film and TV production industry in Scotland, as well as the head quarters for BBC Scotland and STV.

Films that have been shot in and around the city include Outlaw King, The Wife, World War Z, Cloud Atlas, and Fast & Furious 6. Glasgow has also provided locations for productions based outside the city including Florence Foster Jenkins and Trainspotting 2.

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Television productions filmed in Glasgow have included BBC dramas Shetland, Rillington Place and Ordeal by Innocence and yet to be screened dramas The Cry and The Victim, as well as comedy series Love Sick and Outlander.

GFO's task is to act as a "one-stop shop" for productions filming in the city, helping productions with permissions, meetings, introductions to council experts, location owners and council departments.

Larger productions, shooting for five days or more in the city, are issued with a code of practice.

It also offers a discretionary and capped grant, in form of a 50% rebate, on the cost of hiring Glasgow based production facilities.

The report has glowing quotes from producers who have worked in the city.

Piers Tempest, producer of The Wife and Churchill, said: "Glasgow is a fantastically diverse city to film in.

"Our experience from filming both The Wife and Churchill in Glasgow was excellent, and the support from the Glasgow Film Office was extremely helpful, and echoed the welcome that the city gave us."

David Brown, the Scottish line producer for Cloud Atlas and Outlander, said: "The principle reason for coming to Glasgow is the welcome that the city gives to filmmakers.

"We are overwhelmed by the support and encouragement we have received from everyone in the city."