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Controller of BBC drama John Yorke to speak at University


THE FORMER controller of drama at the BBC will be speaking at the University of Chichester next week.

John Yorke, who was executive producer on popular series Wolf Hall as well as The Missing and Land Girls, will answering questions about his career on Wednesday 17 October. Also the former head of drama at Channel 4, his commissions include Shameless, and Life on Mars, overseeing other shows such as Holby City, Waterloo Road, Spooks, and The Street.

Senior lecturer Fleur Costello, from the University’s department of Creative and Digital Technologies, is a co-organiser of the event. She said: “Recognised for his unique achievements with EastEnders as executive producer, he introduced storylines intermittently between the years 1999 and 2017 that saw the show’s ratings sore.”

Outside of television production, Mr Yorke also authored a best-seller, Into The Woods How stories work and why we tell them, which studies story and draws extensively from his own research and experience, using examples from projects such as EastEnders and Spooks.

The Q and A talk, which starts at 6pm, is being hosted in the screening room at the University’s Bognor Regis campus, Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1HR. Tickets are free for members of the public, as well as staff and students, and are available by contacting event coordinator Tracy May at

To find out more about the Department of Creative and Digital Technologies, and its list of forthcoming guest speakers at the University, go to