BBC England appoints award-winning executive producer to launch new BBC One current affairs series
BBC England has appointed multi-award winning executive producer, Sarah Trigg, to launch a new peak time current affairs programme for BBC One - serving local and regional audiences across the country
"The opportunity to launch a brand new nationwide current affairs series from Birmingham is incredibly exciting" — Sarah Trigg
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Sarah has made hit documentaries and factual shows for BBC Two, BBC Three and Channel 4. Most recently she led the Birmingham base of independent producer Wonder.
She has worked on shows including BBC Two’s Back to the Land with Kate Humble, Alex Brooker: Disability and me, and CBeebies factual brand Maddie’s Do You Know?
Sarah will lead all six regional versions of the new BBC One programme, oversee the recruitment of the production team, and help shape the editorial strategy and priorities for the programmes. The new show aims to share real-life stories that reflect communities across the country.
The programme will be made in six regional hubs based in Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, London, Bristol and Norwich; and launches on BBC One in January 2022.
Sarah says: “The opportunity to launch a brand new nationwide current affairs series from Birmingham is incredibly exciting.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining BBC England and I can’t wait to begin working with the talented teams across the country to create some fresh content that provides a voice to our diverse regional audiences.”
Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning BBC England, says: “I’m delighted that Sarah is joining to launch the new current affairs programme. Sarah is a very experienced executive producer and creative programme maker, with a proven track record in delivering high-quality programmes and new formats and is one of the most respected names in the industry.
“Her appointment will help us reinvent and refresh what we do, while delivering a new current affairs programme that appeals to English audiences and reflects communities right across the country.”
Sarah previously headed up all non-scripted editorial production and development output from Wonder Birmingham's regional office as Executive Producer, with commissions that include BBC Two series Back to the Land with Kate Humble, the Bafta award-winning CBeebies factual brand Do You Know?, Make My Body Better with Davina McCall and Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules.
Before joining Wonder Sarah directed at various UK indies such as RDF and Lion Television on formats for Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, BBC, Discovery USA and undertook format consultancy in Moscow, US and the Netherlands.
At Maverick Television Sarah directed, series produced and executive produced some of Channel 4’s biggest brands - 10 Years Younger, Bafta award-winning Embarrassing Bodies, alongside acclaimed documentary spin-off films on gender dysmorphia, mental health issues, obesity and Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer season; How to Look Good Naked and lifestyle formats for TLC.
She sits on the board of Create Central, a creative sector agency in Birmingham, and is on the RTS Midlands committee. Sarah will be based in Birmingham from where she will oversee all six versions of the new BBC current affairs programme.
Source BBC One
May 5, 2021 3:00am ET by BBC One