Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor, Features and Formats, BBC One and BBC Two

Biography

Last updated July 2010

Alison Kirkham is the new Commissioning Editor for Features and Formats in the BBC Knowledge commissioning team. In this role she commissions all factual features and formats for BBC One and BBC Two from both the independent sector and in-house production.

Until July 2010, Alison was Commissioning Executive for BBC One Features. Her BBC executive producing credits include Joanna Lumley In The Land Of The Northern Lights (BBC One), Accidental Heroes (BBC One), The Delicious Miss Dahl ( BBC T wo) and Great British Waste Menu ( BBC One).

Alison's BBC career started in August 2005 when she joined Daytime as an executive producer.

During Alison's time at Daytime her credits include Extreme Dreams (BBC Two), Strictly It Takes Two (BBC Two), Don't Get Done Get Dom (BBC One) and Missing (BBC One).

She also executive produced some Daytime drama including the then-new Director's Debut strand.

She spent six months acting up as Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006.

Prior to joining the BBC Alison worked for a year as associate editor of Richard And Judy (Channel 4) for Cactus TV.

Previously Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs as a producer/director on Tonight With Trevor McDonald.

She also worked producing and directing on ITV's Iraq War and 9/11 coverage. Interviews she secured and produced included President Bush, Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, Rudy Guiliani and Laura Bush.

She produced the news-making ITV debate special featuring the-then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Women On The War.

Other Tonight credits include a documentary special marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Caron Keating featuring exclusive interviews with Keating's family, as well as interviews with Faria Alam on her affair with Sven-Goran Eriksson, and Edwina Currie on her John Major revelations.

Alison Kirkham also spent a period while at Granada on secondment from Tonight to produce on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.