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Ben Stephenson

Controller Drama Commissioning | BBC
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Ben Stephenson was appointed Controller of Drama Commissioning in September 2008.  Commissions include The Shadow Line, Eric and Ernie, Line of Duty, The Girl, The Hollow Crown, Murder, Parade’s End, The Fall, Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax, Luther, Ripper Street, Sherlock, The Syndicate, The Village and Top Of The Lake.

Forthcoming dramas include 7:39, Burton and Taylor, The Musketeers, Peaky Blinders, Death Comes To Pemberley and In The Club.

Ben joined the BBC in 2004 as Head of Development, Independent Drama, and subsequently became Head of Drama Commissioning.

He studied Drama at Manchester University before spending three years at Granada Television where he was script editor on a variety of dramas including Heartbeat, London’s Burning and Blood Strangers.

Ben then worked at Channel 4 where he was Editor, Series for over two years working on dramas such as No Angels, Teachers and Buried.

Before joining the BBC he worked as a development producer at Shed Productions and Tiger Aspect.

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