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29.07.03

WALES
TV DRAMA


Othello award-winner returns home to BBC Wales post


A 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 - photo courtesy of Banff Television Festival
Julie Gardner
, who grew up in Glynneath, will join BBC Wales from her current role as the Development Producer at London Weekend Television.


There, 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 Metropolitan Police.


 


"I'm really looking forward to developing and working with Wales's acting, writing and production talent," Julie Gardner said.


"This is a great opportunity to take popular, relevant drama from Wales onwards."


Julie Gardner attended Llangatwg Comprehensive School and Neath Tertiary College before going on to read English at the University of London.


She returned to Wales to teach English for a year at Llwynypia College for Further Education in the Rhondda before joining the BBC.


She worked on highly successful popular BBC ONE drama series such as Silent Witness, Mrs Bradley Mysteries and Sunburn moving to London Weekend Television in 2000.


Julie 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.


"I'll be joining at an incredibly exciting time," she said.


"During Matthew's time BBC Wales made the breakthrough into developing popular drama for the Network.


"They 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.


"I will be looking to build on that success."


Menna 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.


"It is that potential that has enabled us to attract someone with Julie's record of achievement back to Wales."


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