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London's Shepperton Studios being taken over by Netflix

It's been the backdrop of hundreds of movies, from Alien to Star Wars and even Bridget Jones, and now the iconic Shepperton Studios in London is being taken over by Netflix.

The online streaming service has signed a deal to turn the studios - that opened in 1932-  into one of its major production hubs.

Netflix has been investing in UK original productions since 2015 and it's one of several US web giants providing a big boost to Britain television and film industry.