Contact: Cassian HarrisonRegion: All UK

Title: Channel Editor, BBC4
Genre: All
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

Looking For

Documentaries on BBC Four

BBC Four concentrates on music and arts and opportunities for documentaries outside of Storyville are therefore more limited than on other channels. Please see the Storyville commissioning page for further information and contacts.

In addition to Storyville we do have some opportunities for documentary singles and the occasional series. These tend to be contemporary pieces with a present tense narrative and offer a really singular, often authored perspective or a unique way of handling a subject that will make viewers think differently. BBC Four is not about being niche, but about experimenting and innovating with form to find the best and most exciting ways to tell a story.

Recent examples of the distinctive tone we seek on BBC Four include The Sikhs of Smethwick, which offered a new and diverse view of Britain today, and Life and Deaf (winner of the CDN Award) which was told entirely in British Sign Language giving a unique and really tangible view of a deaf community. 

Additionally the channel is finding new ways to evolve its celebrated ‘Slow’ content, most recently with Flying Scotsman from the Footplate, which showed an hour’s train journey with no music or commentary beyond the words of the driver and mate. Next we are looking at how we can develop Slow content without the travel element and are always interested in new ideas for this hugely successful area.

We are always interested in innovation and originality but finances are limited and the bar is high!


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"It's an extraordinary privilege to be given the chance to help run the BBC's best-loved channel. Luckily I am in the amazing position of being able to build on the legacy of one great BBC Four Controller, Richard Klein, whilst having by my side the advice and support of Richard's brilliant predecessor, Janice Hadlow, not to mention a fantastic channel team. I look forward to continuing BBC Four's unrivalled reputation for insightful, surprising and innovative television of every kind."

In recent months Cassian has been working as channel executive for BBC Two and Four with a focus on increasing collaboration between the two channels across programming, scheduling, marketing and digital innovation.

Prior to this Cassian was a commissioning editor in Factual Commissioning looking after History and Science & Natural History across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. His credits range across a huge diversity of programmes, from Turn Back Time: The High Street and Penguins, Spy In The Huddle on BBC One, to Mary Beard’s Rome, The Burrowers, Operation Iceberg and the factual drama The Challenger on BBC Two, to Lucy Worsley's If Walls Could Talk, The Joy Of Stats, The Story Of England and Everything And Nothing on BBC Four.

His most recent project was the highly successful Wonder Of Dogs, currently airing on BBC Two. Alongside his commissioning role, Cassian has also spent the last year working with the Scottish independent sector helping with supply and strategy. 

Before joining the BBC, Cassian had an extensive record as an innovative and award-winning producer and executive producer, responsible for major BBC series such as Britain From Above and hard-hitting current affairs films such as Beneath The Veil for Channel 4. Cassian also has a strong background in new media production and development, setting up one of the UK's first cross-platform production units at Lion Television.