BBC restructures drama production team

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The BBC has restructured its drama production arm in a move that hands more “creative accountability” to its teams in Scotland and Wales.

Under the changes, Kate Harwood, currently controller of drama series and serials, becomes head of drama in England. This is a new role that sees her take on responsibility for continuing drama series, including EastEnders and Holby City.

Continuing drama was previously overseen by John Yorke, who has left the Corporation to join Company Pictures.

Harwood will work alongside Scotland drama head, Christopher Aird, and head of drama in Wales, Faith Penhale.

The BBC said each will “manage editorial and day-to-day issues in their nations and lead on development and strategy”.

Pat Younge, chief creative officer, said the BBC had decided to “devolve more creative accountability to Faith and Chris and to expand Kate’s portfolio”.

“Each is an outstanding creative in their own right, and as a team they are unstoppable,” he said.