Julie Gardner is a Welsh television producer who is currently both Controller of Drama Commissioning at BBC Television and Head of Drama for BBC Wales. Her most outstanding work has been serving as executive producer on the 2005 revival of Doctor Who.
Born in Neath in June 1969 and brought up in nearby Glynneath where she went to primary school, Julie attended Llangatwg Comprehensive School and Neath Tertiary College previous to going on to read English at the University of London. She originally worked as a teacher at GCSE and A-Level level at Rhondda College of Further Education in Llwynypia, then in the mid-1990s she decided to move into working in the television industry. Her first job was as a producer's secretary on the second production block of the highly praised BBC Two drama serial Our Friends in the North (starring Christopher Eccleston). Julie then worked on winning BBC ONE drama series such as Silent Witness, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries and Sunburn.
In 2000, Gardner started working as a Development Producer at London Weekend Television. She produced dramas including Me And Mrs Jones, and a multi award-winning modern version of Othello - set controversially amid corruption and racism in the Metropolitan Police starring Eamonn Walker and Christopher Eccleston . Whilst still at LWT, Gardner began working with Welsh writer Russell T. Davies on the period drama Casanova.
Returning to the BBC, Julie replaced Matthew Robinson as Head of Drama for BBC Wales, bringing the Casanova project with her. Gardner's first assignment from BBC Head of Drama Jane Tranter was to head up the coveted network commission of the revival of Doctor Who. Gardner contacted Davies straight away and began working with him on bringing the programme back to British screens. The new series attracted critical praise and was an instant hit with audiences when it was screened in 2005.
Gardner was the BBC's representative in the production of the political romance comedy The Girl in the Café (2005), written by Richard Curtis in conjunction with the Make Poverty History campaign. Other network dramas commissioned by Gardner at BBC Wales have included a controversial study of multiple personality disorder May 33rd in 2004; domestic abuse-themed one-off Dad (2005); courtroom reconstruction The Chatterley Affair (2006); Rocket Man, starring Robson Green; and the possible time travel police series Life on Mars (2006–2007), produced independently by Kudos Film & Television.
Gardner and Davies have also supervised two Doctor Who spin-offs: Torchwood, an adult science fiction drama, and The Sarah Jane Adventures, a children's fantasy thriller. In September 2006 it was announced that Gardner would succeed Jane Tranter as the overall Controller of Drama Commissioning at BBC Television, following Tranter's promotion to the new "Head of Fiction" role However, Gardner will remain in her position at BBC Wales, performing the two jobs simultaneously.… Expand
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