Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Ben Gale became Head of Bristol Factual in May 2009.
The department makes a wide range of programmes from Antiques Roadshow and DIY SOS to Around The World In 80 Days, Ray Mears, History Of Now: The Story Of The Noughties and the forthcoming Inside John Lewis and When Romeo Met Juliet.
Prior to this, Ben was the BBC's Commissioning Editor for Factual Features and Formats before leaving to be Channel Five's Director of Programmes in May 2008. During his time at Five he acquired The Mentalist and green-lit the Shane Richie-fronted remake of Minder.
As a commissioner at the BBC Ben was responsible for Nigella Express, The Supersizers Go..., Oz And James Drink To Britain and Valentine Warner: What to Eat Now as well as Rogue Restaurants and overseeing the relaunch of Crimewatch on BBC One.
He also commissioned factual entertainment for BBC Three, helping to create BBC Three hit shows The Baby Borrowers, Mischief and The Real Hustle.
Ben joined the Factual Commissioning team in November 2004 from Wall-to-Wall where he was Series Editor of the award-winning genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?
Before his time at Wall-to-Wall Ben spent five years at Lion Television focusing on the US market, making factual entertainment series for CBS, TLC and Court TV, among others.
Ben started his career at the BBC where, many years ago, he co-produced the first series of Airport for BBC One and The Trial for BBC Two – the first time cameras were allowed to film inside British courtrooms.
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