Ex-Doctor Who boss is new Channel 4 head of drama

Piers Wenger appointed to oversee all drama across Channel 4 and E4

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Ex-Doctor Who boss is new Channel 4 head of drama
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William Gallagher

Piers Wenger is to be the new head of drama for Channel 4 and E4. He's currently a senior commissioning executive at Film4 but is best known for being one of the executive producers of Doctor Who. Along with Steven Moffat and Beth Willis, he oversaw the launch of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.

Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt said: "Piers is an exceptional creative leader with a brilliant track record for delivering unmissable drama. His passion for distinctive authorship makes him the ideal fit with Channel 4. I can't wait to work with him."

Wenger said: "It's a hugely exciting time to be taking on this role and I can't wait to start work with Jay and the team on developing a new generation of drama for Channel 4. I'm also greatly indebted to Tessa Ross and all at Film4 for the expertise they have shared in the last six months and it's a dream come true to be able to continue those relationships into my new role."

While executive producer of Doctor Who, Wenger was also head of drama for BBC Wales, overseeing production of Christopher and His Kind, also starring Matt Smith, and the acclaimed Eric and Ernie.

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