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Jemma Rodgers

Head of Comedy, Scotland


Jemma Rodgers joined BBC Scotland as Head of Comedy, BBC Scotland, in September 2009. Jemma is responsible for all in-house network comedy productions, as well as having an overview of radio and local television comedy development and production.

A former independent producer, Jemma has an extensive track record in comedy development and delivering high-profile productions for both comedy and drama. Her comedy credentials include working on multi-award-winning shows such as The League Of Gentlemen, Pulling Special and Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings, while drama credits include God On Trial, Wedding Belles and New Town.

After working her way through every level of production at the BBC from 1990-1998, Jemma left to pursue a freelance career, working as associate producer on series one of The League Of Gentlemen, then producer on series two and three as well as a Christmas special in 2000.

The following year Jemma joined Tiger Aspect Productions with the remit of developing new and innovative comedy projects across all departments. During this time she produced and co-wrote the Bafta award-winning pilot Double Take (BBC Two) and executive produced the Golden Rose-nominated Channel 4 Comedy Lab pilot, Turn The World Down.

In 2002, Jemma left Tiger Aspect to produce the third series of The League Of Gentlemen and pursue projects for her own production company, Junction Films.

Developing her drama production experience, in June 2003, Jemma was invited to produce her first drama series – Murphy's Law (BBC One), starring James Nesbitt. Her involvement during series two saw Jemma originate, develop and produce the critically-acclaimed new format for series two and three (2004, 2005).

This led to Jemma producing shows including Little Miss Jocelyn (BBC Two), while developing scripts under the Junction Films label across both comedy and drama. Projects included Wedding Belles (Channel 4), the first originally produced screenplay by Irvine Welsh and his screenwriting partner, Dean Cavanagh. Transmitted in 2007, the one-off TV film went on to receive wide critical acclaim and was nominated for three Scottish Baftas.

Later that year, Jemma moved to Edinburgh, continuing to work on both comedy and drama projects while developing scripts for the BBC and Channel 4 through Junction Films, Scotland.

Before taking up her new appointment as BBC Scotland's Head of Comedy, Jemma produced Frank Cotterel Boyce's acclaimed screenplay, God On Trial (BBC Two), starring Sir Antony Sher, Rupert Graves and Stellan Skarsgard; the Pulling Special for BBC Two (British Comedy Award Winner); and Annie Griffin's Bafta Scotland award-winning drama pilot for BBC Four, New Town, which starred Daniela Nardini and Mark Gatiss.

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