BBC Studios appoints new Executive Producer for BBC One’s Casualty and Holby City

I’m delighted and honoured to be entrusted with the guardianship of the UK’s two most loved medical dramas. Holby City and Casualty are brilliant, distinct and ultimately sister shows, so sitting across both feels like heading up one big talented family.Simon Harper
Date: 08.06.2017     Last updated: 08.06.2017 at 10.30
BBC Studios’ Head of Continuing Drama, Oliver Kent, has appointed Simon Harper as Executive Producer for BBC One’s Casualty and Holby City.

Produced by BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial TV Production arm, the award-winning continuing dramas are enjoyed by millions of viewers each week and are a powerhouse of diverse creative talent. 

Simon started his television career at Channel 4 drama in 2004 before joining the BBC’s Independent Drama Commissioning department in 2005, working across shows like Hustle, Rome and Robin Hood.  In 2006 he moved to Continuing Drama, joining Holby City initially as a Script Editor then Script Producer specialising in finding and training new writers before becoming Series Producer in 2013. He has been Acting Executive Producer of both Holby City and Casualty since January 2017.

Simon Harper says: “I’m delighted and honoured to be entrusted with the guardianship of the UK’s two most loved medical dramas. Holby City and Casualty are brilliant, distinct and ultimately sister shows, so sitting across both feels like heading up one big talented family.”

Oliver Kent says: “Simon has one of the very best brains in UK television drama and his contribution to Holby City over the last ten years has been immense. It’s excellent news that he will now take responsibility for Casualty as well. He has an exemplary record in developing creative talent in all areas of production and is a proud champion of diversity.” 

Simon starts his new role immediately and will dividing his time between Elstree and Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff.

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Audience figures:

  • Casualty - 5.4m
  • Holby City - 5m