One of broadcasting’s most experienced drama executives, Chris Aird, has been appointed as the Head of Drama for BBC Scotland.
Chris, who started his career at BBC Scotland, will return there to take up his new role in April 2012.
Currently Executive Producer for BBC Independent Drama, Chris has a strong track record across drama development, production and commissioning in both the BBC and the independent sector. His credits include Spooks, Hustle, Prisoners’ Wives, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Casualty, Hotel Babylon and BBC One’s phenomenal Sunday night hit, Call The Midwife.
He started his BBC career in Scotland in 1995 where he was a Researcher/Director in News and Current Affairs. Following this, Chris worked extensively within BBC Drama and for leading drama Indies, Kudos and Carnival Film & Television. As well as television, he also has experience working within BBC Radio Drama including Radio 4’s Afternoon Play and the Friday Play.
Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes and Services, Scotland, says: “We are delighted that Chris will be taking on the leadership of BBC Scotland drama at a very exciting time for the department with Waterloo Road moving to Scotland, our flagship drama River City in brilliant form and a strategy for growth planned in Scotland in the coming years. At BBC Scotland, Chris will be taking on a drama department in great shape and with a very exciting future ahead of it.”
Nick Brown, Director Drama Production, adds: "We are ambitious about developing and producing great in-house drama across the whole of the UK. Chris's appointment in Scotland brings experience, great taste and lots of commitment to help us achieve that. I am really looking forward to working with him.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning: "Chris is a fantastically talented and experienced executive who will bring all the energy, passion and creativity to his new job that he has bought to all his work over the years, including his work recently on mega hit Call The Midwife.”
Chris Aird: “I am tremendously excited at the prospect of developing and making a range of drama in Scotland. Drama at the BBC currently feels in rude health with hugely talented writers, directors and actors at the heart of everything we do. I can’t wait to get started.”
His appointment comes at an exciting time for BBC Scotland Drama with distinctive productions including Waterloo Road (BBC One), River City (BBC One Scotland), Lip Service (BBC Three), Case Histories (BBC One), and BAFTA Scotland award-winning Field Of Blood (BBC One Scotland) among its many credits.
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Drama at the BBC currently feels in rude health with hugely talented writers, directors and actors at the heart of everything we do. I can’t wait to get started.”