Lorraine Heggessy to leave Talkback Thames

Former controller of BBC One, Lorraine Heggessy, is to leave Talkback Thames – the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent and The Bill.

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It’s been announced that Lorraine Heggessy is to leave her post of Chief Executive at Talkback Thames after five years with the production company. Talkback Thames produces such as hits as The Apprentice and Britain’s Got Talent but was dealt a huge blow earlier in the year when ITV announced it was cancelling drama series The Bill, produced by Thames, after 27 years on-air. The Bill, which is shown around the world and is hugely popular in Australia, was one of Thames biggest exports and the cancellation by ITV is a blow to the producer.

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Lorraine Heggessy joined Talkback Thames following her stint as controller of BBC One with one her most notably successes at the BBC being reviving Doctor Who in 2003. Although the series returned to the air in 2005, under the tenure of successor Peter Fincham, it was Heggessy who gave Russell T. Davies the green-light to revive the science fiction series. Ironically when Fincham departed the BBC under a cloud, due to the Queen-gate scandal, he joined rival broadcaster ITV and was partially responsible for the decision to cancel The Bill.

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