BBC Director General Calls For More Drama From Northern Ireland!

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On location in Northern Ireland for Game Of Thrones!

Mark Thompson, the BBC’s director general, has outlined an ambition to commission more drama from Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the Belfast Media Festival, he praised the HBO/ Sky Atlantic series Game of Thrones, which was mainly shot in Northern Ireland, urging other broadcasters to build on this as a foundation.

Drawing parallels to the development of drama in Wales, Thompson highlighted the positive impact that Doctor Who has had, since it became the first series to be moved to the BBC’s Roath Lock studios in Cardiff.

This isn’t a call to move existing dramas to Northern Ireland, but a rally for indies to develop more homegrown series.

“We want to get the right package of drama development,” Mark said, adding:

“we want to make sure it is overtly of its place and of its history”.

Take a look at some of the sets from Game Of Thrones in the video below, and see Northern Ireland in all it’s glory!

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