Welcome to Brollywood: inside Britain’s booming film and TV industry

Among a vast maze of sound stages, production warehouses and backlots, pink-faced men in hard hats and high-vis jackets operate fork-lift trucks, diggers and drills. It's the proverbial hive of activity at Sky Studios Elstree, because Wicked, the film adaptation of the hit musical, is about to start shooting.

Here in Hertfordshire commuterville, less than an hour's drive from central London, is the studio gold rush in action. Never mind Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood, the UK's almost GBP6 billion film and high-end TV industry -- let's forget it's summer and call it Brollywood -- is enjoying an extraordinary boom.

Filming facilities can't be built fast enough, the streaming juggernauts are jostling for space and, for the next generation of Danny Boyles and Steve McQueens,