Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Front row seat

With no sign of a major structural change on the horizon, Radio 4 has widened its gene pool by selecting James Runcie as two-day-a-week Commissioning Editor for Arts.

James, 57, is the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, went to Marlborough, left Trinity Hall Cambridge with a first class degree in English, and then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He's the author of The Grantchester Mysteries, currently dramatised on ITV, and lives in London and Edinburgh. There are over 100 credits to James in the Radio Tines up to 2009, as producer, director, author and guest. He's married to Marilyn Imrie, drama director and producer, who was Radio 4's Drama Commissioner from 1987 to 1999.  Chums include Hilary Mantel, J K Rowling and Bridget Kendall.

The news of his appointment seemed to be on his website a little before the BBC news release.

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