LONDON: The BBC’s two most successful and long-running drama series, have both appointed new producers.
Grange Hill, soon to celebrate its 20th anniversary, will be produced by Steven Andrew, a move which confirms ‘BBC Children’s commitment to vibrant young talent’ and ‘lively approach’ claims the head of BBC Children’s television programs, Anna Home.
Independently produced Byker Grove will be masterminded by Helen Gregory, who began her career as a story editor on the show. Ex-producer and creator of the Zenith North series, Matthew Robinson, who now takes an executive producer credit says, ‘I’m handing over to someone who knows the show well to give a different impetus but keep the tone and relevance to the audience.’ Robinson is developing popular drama projects aimed at 16 to 25 year olds.
In other programming news, Michael Forte is taking over children’s programming and young people’s programming at Carlton UK Television. Forte joined Carlton in 1993.