award-winner returns home to BBC Wales post
Welsh-born producer who has worked alongside writers such as Swansea's
Russell T Davies and Cardiff-born Andrew Davies has been appointed
as the new Head of Drama for BBC Wales.
Julie Gardner, who grew up in Glynneath, will join BBC
Wales from her current role as the Development Producer at London
she produced dramas including Me & Mrs Jones starring
Robson Green and a multi-award-winning modern version of
Othello - set controversially amid corruption and racism in the
really looking forward to developing and working with Wales's acting,
writing and production talent," Julie Gardner said.
is a great opportunity to take popular, relevant drama from Wales
Gardner attended Llangatwg Comprehensive School and Neath Tertiary
College before going on to read English at the University of London.
returned to Wales to teach English for a year at Llwynypia College
for Further Education in the Rhondda before joining the BBC.
worked on highly successful popular BBC ONE drama series such as
Silent Witness, Mrs Bradley Mysteries
and Sunburn moving to London Weekend Television
Gardner takes over as Head of Drama in Wales from Matthew
Robinson who was invited to lead a ground-breaking BBC
World Service Trust drama project in South East Asia.
be joining at an incredibly exciting time," she said.
Matthew's time BBC Wales made the breakthrough into developing popular
drama for the Network.
have just had a huge success with Hearts of Gold
and another BBC Wales production, Carrie's War,
will be broadcast on BBC One later this year.
will be looking to build on that success."
Richards, Controller BBC Wales, said: "BBC Wales has built
up a track record of successful drama for Wales like Belonging
and The Bench and productions like Hearts
of Gold show that we have the ability to make primetime
drama that has appeal right across the UK.
is that potential that has enabled us to attract someone with Julie's
record of achievement back to Wales."