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Polly Hill named new controller of drama commissioning at the BBC

Polly Hill has been named controller of BBC drama commissioning.
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Polly Hill is to replace Ben Stephenson as controller of BBC drama commissioning.

In her current role as head of independent drama at the BBC, a post she has had since 2011, she has overseen shows such as Poldark, Wolf Hall and The Honourable Woman.

Hill said she was “honoured to be taking over as the controller of BBC drama commissioning” and added that she was looking forward to “steering BBC Drama into the future”. The role of drama commissioning controller oversees more than 450 hours of drama content each year.

Stephenson announced in March that he was leaving the Corporation to join Bad Robot, JJ Abrams’ production company in the US.

BBC director of television Danny Cohen said: “I’m delighted that Polly will be leading BBC drama commissioning. She has an exceptional track record for delivering outstanding drama. From Wolf Hall to Poldark and The Missing, Polly’s work speaks for itself and is driven by her passion for writing and storytelling.”

Hill joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer, before becoming commissioning editor in 2008.

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