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John Yorke returns to BBC as Drama Department makes new appointments

Category: TV Drama

Date: 11.11.2004
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John Yorke is to return to the BBC as Controller of Continuing Drama Series and Head of Independent Drama, it was announced today by Director of Drama, Entertainment and CBBC Alan Yentob and Controller of Drama Commissioning Jane Tranter.

Currently Head of Drama at Channel 4, Yorke will be joined by Lucy Richer - currently Deputy Head of Drama at Channel 4 - as Joint Head of Independent Drama.

Alan Yentob says: "
I'm delighted to welcome John Yorke back to the BBC as Controller of Continuing Drama Series with responsibility for EastEnders, Casualty, Holby and Doctors.


"Prior to his departure two years ago to become Head of Drama at Channel 4, John's drama career at the BBC culminated in his roles as executive producer of EastEnders and Head of Drama Series."


Jane Tranter says: "Alongside continuing drama series, John will work with the independent sector on an ambitious portfolio that encompasses series, serials and events across all four channels.


"Working with Lucy Richer as Joint Head of Independent Drama, we have a strong team in place to fulfil our continued ambitions for the best of independently-produced drama.


"They will be the first port of call for all London-based independent drama and will also have a specific brief to develop and produce drama based in the north of England.


"Alongside independently-produced drama from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, this will allow us to further strengthen our relationships with independents across the UK."


Jana Bennett, BBC Director of Television, says: "John Yorke and Lucy Richer's drama commissions for Channel 4 include the highly acclaimed and enviable Shameless, Sex Traffic and The Deal. I'm delighted that they are coming to join the BBC."

Alan Yentob also announces that Laura Mackie will oversee a newly-strengthened in-house drama department which sees the merger of returning drama series which include Waking The Dead, Down To Earth and Judge John Deed with the Serials department – responsible for a wide range of dramas such as Blackpool, Cutting It, The Long Firm and Hawking.


In addition, Mackie will take responsibility for developing drama in Birmingham and will oversee current Birmingham-made dramas Dalziel and Pascoe and The Afternoon Play. She will also have a specific brief to develop drama from Manchester.


Jane Tranter says: "These new appointments usher a renewed creative push for drama at the BBC.


"They also give us the opportunity to create a more coherent structure which will enable staff to have closer and more effective working relationships.


"Plans for the further expansion of drama production in the Nations and Regions, which will also play a critical role, are currently being developed."




Category: TV Drama

Date: 11.11.2004
Printable version


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