Patrick Spence, Head of Drama, BBC Northern Ireland (left March 2010)


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Patrick Spence joined the BBC in March 2004 as Head of Drama, BBC Northern Ireland.

Productions to date include Ballet Shoes, Heidi Thomas' adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's classic novel broadcast on Boxing Day 2007 on BBC One; Hancock And Joan, starring Ken Stott and Maxine Peake, for BBC Four; the Shakespeare Re-told anthology, including David Nichols' BAFTA and RTS-nominated Much Ado About Nothing; and the successful relaunches of BAFTA-nominated Murphy's Law and Messiah.

Forthcoming productions include Pete Bowker's Occupation from Kudos Film and Television and Guy Hibbert's Five Minutes Of Heaven, starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt.

Patrick also executive produced the 2005 series of Waking The Dead.

This is Patrick's third time at the BBC. He was on the team that produced Silent Witness in 1996, then came back two years later as the show's Executive Producer and as Head of Development, Drama Series – commissioning Waking The Dead, Murder In Mind and Down To Earth, amongst others.

Additional credits include Five's first and only BAFTA- nominated drama, Wing And A Prayer, which Patrick commissioned at Thames; and stints at Scottish, Central, Pearson and Granada, where he script edited Cracker, written by Jimmy McGovern and Paul Abbott.