Polly Hill is to succeed Ben Stephenson as Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.

Since assuming the role of Head of Independent Drama in 2011 she has been responsible for The Missing, Poldark and Wolf Hall as well as a host of other productions.

“I am delighted and honoured to be taking over as the Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. Under Ben Stephenson’s leadership BBC Drama has thrived, it’s in an incredible place and I would like to personally thank him. I look forward to steering BBC Drama into the future and building on this success, continuing to be the home of the most original and ambitious storytelling across a range of drama that is unique to the BBC.” – Polly Hill

Hill joined the beeb in 2005 as an executive producer becoming a commissioning editor in 2008. Prior work includes Cherished by Gwyneth Hughes and overseeing the first series of Teachers for Channel 4. She started her career working for Verity Lambert, before getting a script editing job on EastEnders.

“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. BBC Drama is in wonderful shape. We are determined to keep developing our reputation for dramatic range and quality, working with the very best established and emerging writers and being home to the most ambitious and risky projects.” – Director of BBC Television, Danny Cohen

Hill will work closely with Ben Stephenson over the coming days as she begins her new role. Stephenson announced in March that he would be leaving the BBC to join JJ Abrams-owned Bad Robot Productions in the US.

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