Steve Crabtree to be new Horizon editor

Lilly and Pickle from The Secret Life of the Cat Crabtree takes on a programme in 'great shape' after successes like 2013's The Secret Life of the Cat

Steve Crabtree is to be the new editor of Horizon, taking over from Aidan Laverty later this month.

Crabtree, who joined the BBC in 1999 as a researcher on Tomorrow's World, is currently a series producer in the science and business department.

Recent credits include engineering series How to Build … for BBC Two, science series Shock & Awe: The Story of Electricity and Pain, Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicine, both for BBC Four.

He also made Body Hits, Child of Our Time, Blood on the Turntable: The Sex Pistols and The Money Programme.

'Steve Crabtree has an outstanding track record in delivering great shows on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four and is widely recognised in the industry for his passion, creativity and journalistic rigour,' said head of science Andrew Cohen.

Nuclear submarines

He also paid tribute to Laverty for 'delivering dozens of outstanding films that have been both popular and rich in the content that Horizon is rightly renowned for around the world'.

Crabtree, who used to paint nuclear submarines before his tv career, said he'd been handed a programme 'in great shape'.

'I'm certainly full of ideas,' he told Ariel. 'I can't wait to get stuck in and am excited about working with such a bunch of amazingly creative people.'

He joins the BBC Two science strand, which scored a popular hit with 2013's The Secret Life of the Cat, as it prepares for its 50th anniversary.

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