Magazine article Screen International

Piers Wenger Appointed BBC Head of Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Piers Wenger Appointed BBC Head of Drama

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He will take up the new role in the autumn, replacing independent drama commissioning editor Lucy Richer who has been acting BBC drama boss since Polly Hill's departure to ITV earlier this year.

Wenger will be replaced at C4 by deputy head of drama Beth Willis.

Wenger joined Channel 4 in 2012 having previously been head of drama at BBC Wales and an executive producer on the reboot of Doctor Who, in which he cast Matt Smith as the lead role.

He was responsible for commissioning major C4 drama series over the past four years, including Indian Summers, Paul Abbott's No Offence and Humans.

Indian Summers recorded the highest-ever overnight in 20 years for a C4 drama last year and Humans went onto break that record later in 2015.

Wenger will be responsible for commissioning across the whole of the BBC portfolio and oversee more than 450 hours of drama a year on the BBC.

He originally joined the BBC in 2008 and was also previously head of development at Granada Drama. …

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