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.
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.
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.