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The senior executive producer overseeing flagship soaps EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty, Kate Oates, has been appointed as head of continuing BBC Studios drama.
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The new role at the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster will see Oates become creative leader of dramas such as Doctors, River City and Pobol y Cwm.

Before joining BBC Studios in 2018, Oates produced ITV’s Coronation Street and between 2010 and 2016 she worked on ITV’s Emmerdale, rising from story editor to series producer. She also previously produced the BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers. Oates started her career as a researcher and editorial assistant for the writer Germaine Greer before joining Carlton Television as a researcher and script editor for Crossroads.

“Kate is an exceptional talent and I’m delighted she is taking on this important role for BBC Studios,” said Ralph Lee, director content, BBC Studios. “Our continuing dramas are watched by millions, they bring the nation together and don’t shy away from tackling difficult social issues. Kate’s passion and creativity is already making a real difference and she can now apply her exciting vision to the full portfolio of our continuing dramas.”

Oates added: “Continuing drama is a cornerstone of British television, and the biggest challenge is keeping audiences consistently engaged with brilliant stories that feel fresh and exciting. I love working with all the talent at EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty, and can’t wait to get working creatively with the teams at Pobol y Cwm (pictured) , Doctors and River City.”