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Former 'EastEnders' producer Kate Harwood named BBC's head of drama

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Kate Harwood has been named BBC Production's head of drama.

The former EastEnders executive producer will now be in charge of ongoing serials and series produced in-house at the corporation, including its flagship soap, Holby City and Casualty, The Guardian reports.

Harwood is currently BBC's controller for series and serials and replaces current boss John Yorke.

Yorke announced his departure in October to become head of Company Pictures, which produces dramas including Shameless and Skins. Director of drama production Nicholas Brown also left to join Sam Mendes's firm Neal Street.

Harwood will work with Christopher Aird and Faith Penhale, who head drama for Scotland and Wales respectively.

Commenting on Harwood's appointment, BBC Production chief creative officer Pat Younge said: "Losing Nick Brown and John Yorke was a massive loss, but its given us a chance to review our structure and we've decided to devolve more creative accountability to Faith and Chris and expand Kate's portfolio.

"Each is an outstanding creative in their own right, and as a team they are unstoppable." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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