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HMRC internal manual

Television Production Company Manual

Qualifying television programmes: introduction

S1216C Corporation Tax Act 2009 (CTA 2009)

Any Television Production Company (TPC) must apply the rules in Part 15A CTA 2009 to compute the taxable profits or losses pertaining to its activities in relation to a programme.

But to be eligible for Television Tax Relief the programme must meet each of four conditions:

TPC40020 The programme must be intended for broadcast 
TPC40030 The programme must be certified as British 
TPC40040 Not less than 25% of the core expenditure on the programme must be UK expenditure. For programmes which had not completed principal photography at 1 April 2015 this level reduces to 10%. 
TPC40050 The programme must be a qualifying relevant programme