Alistair Pegg is joining the BBC as  commissioning editor for Arts. He joins from Blast! Films, where he was director of Programmes.

Alistair will work on the BBC Arts commissioning team alongside Mark Bell, Emma Cahusac and Stephen James-Yeoman headed up by Suzy Klein, who started as the Head of Arts and Classical Music TV at the BBC in October 2021. He will start in his new post on 25 April 2022.

At Blast! he developed and executive produced series and single films across arts, history, science, and observational documentary, including three series of Secrets of the Museum (BBC Two), the long-running, BAFTA-nominated The Secret Life of the Zoo (C4), the first series of The Supervet (C4), the RTS-nominated Brain Surgeons: Between Life and Death (C4) and The Tube (BBC Two). He has executive produced single films such as Antony Gormley: How Art Began (BBC Two), Before Grenfell: A Hidden History (BBC Two), and Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain (BBC Two).

He was previously a commissioning editor at Channel 4 and held development roles at the BBC, RDF and Diverse.

Pegg says: “ I’m looking forward to helping expand the range of what we cover, and to working with filmmakers and producers to innovate in form as well as content.”

Suzy Klein says: “The team and I are thrilled to have Alistair’s passion, expertise and collaborative generosity in the mix, as we continue to refresh and reinvigorate our classical music and arts output.”


Pippa Considine

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