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Cassian Harrison

channel editor
BBC Four


Cassian Harrison was appointed as Channel Editor, BBC Four in October 2013.

As Channel Editor, Cassian is responsible for the day to day running of BBC Four. Under his tenure, the channel has built an unrivalled reputation as the home of television of intelligence, wit and verve. From feature length investigations into the amazing science of gravity and fresh and original comedy such as Bucket and The Detectorists to hard-hitting documentaries such as Storyville’s OJ: Made in America alongside the best in international drama from Trapped to Cardinal, BBC Four offers a cocktail of programming unlike any other in British broadcasting.

The channel works closely with BBC Two during special moments such as the BBC’s Black and British season and the upcoming gay season, as well as devising innovative, distinctive content of its own such as Television’s Opening Night and BBC Four goes Slow.

BBC Four has a particular focus on arts and culture with highly authored programming ranging from Philippa Perry on how to be a surrealist and Dr James Fox’s new series on Japan to Queers, a series of monologues responding to the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act curated by Mark Gatiss. The channel also remains the home of music on BBC television with its highly celebrated Friday music nights.

Prior to joining BBC Four, Cassian was a commissioning editor in Factual Commissioning looking after history and science & natural history across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. His credits range from Turn Back Time: The High Street and Penguins, Spy In The Huddle on BBC One, to Mary Beard’s Rome, The Burrowers, Operation Iceberg and the factual drama The Challenger on BBC Two, to Lucy Worsley’s If Walls Could Talk, The Joy Of Stats, The Story Of England and Everything And Nothing on BBC Four.