Friday, July 28, 2006

'Who' exec to head BBC Drama?

The mediaguardian website reports BBC Drama controller Jane Tranter looks certain to be made head of the new BBC Fiction department, becoming one of the three super commissioners in BBC Vision. Tranter will have overall responsibility for all forms of fiction on the BBC - drama, comedy, films and programme acquisitions. If Tranter does vacate her current post, the woman tipped to replace her is Doctor Who's executive producer Julie Gardner.

Gardner and showrunner Russell T Davies successfully revived Doctor Who last year, turning a fondly remembered BBC series into a BAFTA-winning ratings smash that recreated the notion of family viewing. If Gardner does succeed Tranter, she will have power over a reported BBC Drama budget of £260 million. Her star has risen rapidly while head of drama at BBC Wales, thanks to Doctor Who, Casanova for BBC3 and her participation was crucial in rescuing the Kudos hit Life on Mars from years of development hell.

Tranter have overseen a revival in BBC Drama and Gardner's shows have been some of the most enjoyable British TV of recent times. Given the fact I'd one day like to be write TV drama for the BBC, the predicted change sounds like good news to me...

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