Piers Wenger was appointed Controller of BBC Drama in late 2016. Prior to this he was Head of Drama at Channel 4, and Head of Drama at BBC Wales. During his time as Head of Drama at BBC Wales, Piers was an executive producer on Doctor Who alongside Steven Moffat, where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role.
Piers is responsible for overseeing more than 450 hours of drama across the year. He has outlined his strategy for BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three and appointed a new team of Commissioning Editors and a Head of Development.
Piers’ recent BBC drama commissions include I May Destroy You written by and starring Michaela Coel, A Suitable Boy adapted by Andrew Davies and directed by Mira Nair, factual drama The Salisbury Poisonings, Sally Rooney’s Normal People, Nicole Taylor’s thriller The Nest, Talking Heads by Alan Bennett and Dracula written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
Previous commissions also include The Long Song from writer Sarah Williams, A Very English Scandal by Russell T Davies, Black Earth Rising starring Michaela Coel and John Goodman from the Bafta-winning Hugo Blick, Mrs Wilson written by Anna Symon and developed with Ruth Wilson, The Cry written by Jacqueline Perske and starring Jenna Coleman, and The Capture written by Ben Chanan.
Further upcoming commissions include Adam Kay’s adaptation of This is Going To Hurt starring Ben Whishaw, factual drama Four Lives from award-winning team Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, Gentleman Jack (S2) starring Suranne Jones from writer Sally Wainwright, Chloe by Alice Seabright, Superhoe written by and starring Nicôle Lecky, original horror series Red Rose from Michael and Paul Clarkson, and SAS: Rogue Heroes by Steven Knight.
Previously as a producer, Piers closely collaborated with Victoria Wood for over a decade on her dramatic projects. He produced her Bafta and RTS award-winning dramatisation of Nella Last’s diary Housewife, 49; collaborated with her on Loving Miss Hatto, Wood’s dramatisation of the life of classical pianist Joyce Hatto; and executive produced Eric And Ernie, Peter Bowker’s biopic of the young Morecambe and Wise, in which Wood also starred.
At Channel 4, Piers helped launch of a slate of popular and award-winning drama series, including Humans, co-produced with AMC, Tony Grisoni’s Bafta-winning Southcliffe, Jack Thorne’s National Treasure starring Robbie Coltrane, Andrea Riseborough and Julie Walters, as well as Peter Kosminsky’s The State, which told the story of four radicalised Brits who travel to Syria to live as a part of Islamic state.