Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s head of drama, has hinted to Broadcast that BBC Four could soon see a change in direction in terms of its drama output.
Ben Stephenson has told Broadcast that he is looking to ‘evolve’ the drama output on BBC Four. The BBC’s controller of drama made the remarks while discussing finding a new ‘serious’ drama for sister digital channel, BBC Three. While discussing possible changes for BBC Four he told Broadcast he wants to make drama on the channel ‘a more eclectic mix’. However, Stephenson stressed he was still deciding what direction to take BBC Four in.
BBC Four’s drama output was won much critical acclaim and several awards. The most recent notable drama on the channel was The Road to Coronation Street which charted the creation of the Granada soap in the 1960s. BBC Four’s other notable dramas include The Curse of Steptoe, Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa and a Gracie! BBC Four’s drama also includes popular imports such as Mad Men.