Contact: Lucy RicherRegion: All UK

Title: Senior Commissioning Editor, Drama, England
Genre: Drama
Region: All UK

About Channel

The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster with a channel portfolio that  provides entertainment, news, drama, factual, current affairs, comedy, children’s and arts coverage across BBC One, BBC, Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies. 

Programme Interests

Drama on BBC One, BBC Two & BBC Three.

Looking For

BBC 1: 

BBC One attracts a wide, naturally diverse audience and we need to ensure that we continue to offer a broad range of drama so that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Six or eight part dramas have a place alongside shorter serials, singles and established long-runners like EastEnders and Casualty.

Reaching and rewarding new types of audience is critical to us. Whilst ratings winners are important, programmes such as Our GirlThe A Word and Ordinary Lies speak to a younger demographic and bring in a new, more diverse and harder to reach audience. At the same time we want to challenge our viewers and the boundaries of BBC One by taking ambitious risks with edgier programmes such as Happy Valley and the up-coming Taboo.

Mid-week at 9pm remains a critical focus, but we are also keen to find mid-week pre-watershed returners that will attract a broad and loyal audience.

Saturday night at 7pm – the Doctor Who slot – is massively important, especially for younger audiences and we are always on the lookout for titles that can deliver on this scale, but the bar is very high.

BBC 2: 

Drama on BBC Two has a clear tone. It’s the mainstream channel with an edgy, angled perspective on the world. The success of shows like The Honourable Woman and London Spydemonstrates that there is a keen audience for complex and demanding tales, though these dramas must still work hard to bring an audience in and find the emotional stories that help access such challenging material.

Diversity in its varied forms is of key importance to Drama on BBC Two as we want to reflect and represent a wide range of BBC audiences. Singles such a Marvellous and the upcoming adaptation of Zadie Smith’s NW as well as short form serials like One Child feel fresh and modern and serve as great examples of accessible programming with a sense of diversity.

As well as the success of returning series like The Fall and Peaky Blinders we also have exciting new titles coming up such as Close to the Enemy and, next year, The City and the City. As a result of this slots on the channel are quite commissioned up at the moment. However we are keen to find and start developing the next great ideas for BBC Two, though these are likely to reach the screen further down the line.

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Lucy is a Senior Commissioning Editor for Drama. Previously she was appointed Acting Controller of BBC Drama in April 2016 where she was responsible for commissioning across the whole of the BBC portfolio and overseeing more than 450 hours of drama a year on the BBC, the biggest broadcaster of drama in the UK, until Piers Wenger took up the role in late 2016.

Lucy joined the BBC as a Commissioning Editor in 2005 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama, from Bafta-winning film Marvellous to Jane Campion’s Emmy-nominated Top of the Lake, BBC One series The A Word by Pete Bowker and Abi Morgan's River, JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy and Nick Hornby's adaptation of Love Nina, along with recent film adaptations of An Inspector Calls, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Cider with Rosie.

Over the last ten years the breadth of her work ranges from The Street to The Hour; Small Island, Birdsong, The Girl, Parade's End, The Politician's Husband and The Crimson Petal and the White. Prior to the BBC, Lucy was deputy head of drama at Channel 4, where her work included the multi-award winning drama Sex Traffic.