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Barry Hanson obituary

14 August 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Producer hailed for the groundbreaking television film The Naked Civil Servant, and The Long Good Friday, one of the finest British gangster movies

Barry Hanson, who has died aged 72, moved through several branches of his profession before finding his true vocation as a television producer. At Pebble Mill, the BBC’s broadcasting centre in Birmingham, under David Rose, he produced a series of plays known as Second City Firsts (1973-74). Next, for ITV, came a film that was to come fourth in the BFI’s list, made in 2000, of the 100 best TV shows of the century: The Naked Civil Servant (1975), based by Philip Mackie on Quentin Crisp’s memoir about his battles for sexual freedom, directed by Jack Gold and starring John Hurt. This won a Bafta award for Hurt, and the Prix Italia. Almost immediately it established itself as one of the most memorable and groundbreaking programmes of its era. »

- Christopher Hampton and Stephen Frears

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BBC Drama Chief Polly Hill to Join U.K. Commercial Broadcaster ITV

8 April 2016 3:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The controller of BBC drama commissioning, Polly Hill, is to join commercial network ITV as head of drama. Her recent credits have included “Doctor Foster,” “War and Peace” and “The Night Manager.”

ITV director of television Kevin Lygo also announced Friday that Optomen managing director Sue Murphy will join ITV commissioning as head of factual entertainment, Siobhan Greene will move from ITV Studios to become the ITV commissioning team’s head of entertainment, and Peter Davey has been promoted to head of comedy entertainment.

ITV also announced that Angela Jain is to succeed Greene as managing director of ITV Studios Entertainment, and Rosemary Newell, Discovery Networks Intl. senior VP, content and operations, will become ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions.

Prior to Hill’s present role, she was the BBC’s head of independent drama between 2011 and 2015, where she was responsible for “The Missing,” “The Honorable Woman, »

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