In the midst of gloom, tension and uncertainty, there is some good news, namely that a new adaptation of the fantasy classic Dungeons and Dragons is to be filmed in Belfast.
Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen, rightly described this as part of a "great start" to 2021, after "an extremely challenging year", due to the pandemic.
Belfast already has an enviable track record of producing some remarkably successful film series, and not least the fabled Game of Thrones which helped to place the creativity and fabulous scenery of Northern Ireland on the world map.
Mr Williams described 2020 as a year of "staggering resilience" but a number of important projects have been completed due to "hard work, discipline and determination". These are qualities which have long been in abundant supply in Northern Ireland. We're still in deep mid-winter, but the days will soon lengthen, the Covid vaccinations will be rolled out, and we can look forward to a better future with the new Dungeons and Dragons symbolically and literally helping to lead the way.