Mary Beard to speak at Creativity Festival

Mary Beard Mary Beard has presented BBC shows such as Caligula and Meet The Romans

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The classicist Mary Beard and Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, will take part in this year's BBC Production Creativity Festival.

The event will hold sessions between September 30 and October 4 across all of the main BBC bases.

Highlights include:

  • Writer and producer Allan Cubitt speaking about his drama The Fall, which starred Gillian Anderson, in Belfast - where the BBC Two hit was made
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce, co-creator of last year's Olympics opening ceremony, talking about creative writing, including why he avoids the classic three-act structure, in Glasgow
  • Joanna Scanlan, who appeared in The Thick of It and nursing comedy Getting On, joining producer Jon Plowman for a comedy masterclass in Salford

The teams behind Strictly Come Dancing and forthcoming series The Wrong Mans and The Musketeers will also provide insights. But a session with Matthew Luhn, head of Story at Pixar Animation, is already fully booked.

Pat Younge, chief creative officer at BBC Production, said the festival was a chance to "celebrate creativity, be inspired and find out more about the future and fast changing media-landscape".

"As a team we are the largest content creation business in the world, producing 1800 hours of content each year with revenue of £420m, and are responsible for the delivery of international hits such as Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing and Luther."

The full schedule can be seen here.

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