Polly Hill


ITV, Masterpiece & Red Planet work on Jane Austen drama

ITV, Masterpiece and Red Planet Pictures are set to work on a new Jane Austen drama based on her final novel Sandition. Austen’s original 11-chapter series has been extended into a 8×60 minute drama series by War & Peace writer Andrew Davies. Filming is expected to commence in spring 2019. The title is a Red […]

ITV orders Christopher Hampton drama The Singapore Grip

ITV has commissioned The Singapore Grip, a drama that will be adapted by Atonement screenwriter Christopher Hampton from J.G. Farrell’s classic novel. The six-part series is an epic tale set in World War II, which centres on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. The series will be executive […]

Ex-Sky exec joins ITV’s drama team

ITV has appointed former Sky and current Radio 4 exec Huw Kennair-Jones to its drama commissioning team. Kennair-Jones, most recently editor of Radio 4’s The Archers, will move to ITV to take commissioning responsbility for continuing dramas Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Joining the team in December, he will report to ITV’s head of drama, Polly […]

ITV grabs Hatton Garden heist drama

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a four-part drama about a real-life jewelry heist in Hatton Garden, London. Timothy Spall, Kenneth Cranham and Brian F. O’Byrne will star in Hatton Garden, with Jeff Pope writing the four-part series with Terry Winsor. The ITV Studios-produced drama is based on an audacious jewels and cash burglary a gang […]

Jimmy McGovern hails Hill’s ITV

Writer Jimmy McGovern has backed Polly Hill to reinvigorate ITV’s drama output. Hill swapped the BBC for ITV last year, and is now head of drama at the UK commercial broadcaster, unveiling her first slate late last year. McGovern, whose credits include Cracker and Hillsborough for ITV and The Accused new Sean Bean BBC One […]

Cumberbatch to produce, star in new BBC drama

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to produce and star in a BBC One adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel about the loss of a child. Cumberbatch’s new indie, SunnyMarch TV, is coproducing The Child in Time with another fledgling prodco, Pinewood Television, and Masterpiece, the drama commissioning arm of US pubcaster PBS. Studiocanal, which has […]

New ITV drama boss unveils first slate

ITV’s new head of drama Polly Hill has ordered four new drama series for the UK broadcaster. Hill joined ITV from the BBC earlier this year. Her first commissions are medical drama Tauma; Girlfriends, about a trio of female friends facing up to life crises; conspiracy thriller White Dragon; and family drama Next of Kin. […]

BBC poaches Channel 4 drama chief

Channel 4’s drama chief Piers Wenger is leaving the UK broadcaster to join the territory’s pubcaster, the BBC. Wenger (pictured) has beaten off competition to land the role of controller, BBC drama commissioning, which is th most high-profile position in British sciripted television. He begins this autumn. In turn, Channel 4 has promoted deputy head […]

Shake-up as Lygo unveils ITV’s new team

ITV has unveiled a raft of new senior programming executives in a widespread shake-up that sees new director of television Kevin Lygo (pictured) stamp his mark on the commercial broadcaster. The UK broadcaster has recruited BBC drama chief Polly Hill to run its scripted output, as part of a wider shake-up of the programming team […]

BBC Wales drama chief to join War & Peace prodco

BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale (pictured) will join the prodco behind upcoming drama War & Peace, Lookout Point, as joint CEO. Starting in February 2016, she will work alongside Lookout Point founder and co-chief executive Simon Vaughan to develop the firm’s original drama slate. She currently oversees the BBC Drama department behind shows […]