Abigail Priddle has been appointed as Creative Director – History & Arts in The Documentary Unit, part of BBC Studios’ Productions Factual Division.

Priddle will provide creative leadership to production teams, play a major role in developing the strategy for History & Arts as well as executive producing titles. Working closely with both the Head of the Unit & the Creative Director of Development, she will oversee a portfolio of projects for clients worldwide.

During her almost five years in BBC commissioning, Priddle has overseen shows including The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story, The Trump Show, Bent Coppers, Chris Packham: Asperger’s & Me, What’s the Matter with Tony Slattery?, Amazing Hotels, Inside The Factory and Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel.

BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit spans five bases across the UK in London, Cardiff, Salford, Glasgow and Aberdeen and its productions include BAFTA-winning Basquiat: From Rage to Riches, BAFTA nominated Thatcher: A Very British Revolution and Crip Tales, The Met, Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles, Inside Culture with Mary Beard and For Love or Money.

Tom McDonald, MD of BBC Studios’ Productions Factual says: “Abigail has shown extraordinary range in commissioning; championing indies big & small, nurturing onscreen talent and supporting new directors. She’s also passionate about quality & delivery – traits that are incredibly important for our content – so we feel very lucky she’s joining BBC Studios and know she’ll have an enormous impact in the Documentary Unit.”

Abigail Priddle commented: “To say I have enjoyed my time commissioning is an understatement. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with some of the most talented development teams and programme makers from all over the UK, not to mention being amongst most wonderful & supportive colleagues. I’m hugely proud of the programmes I’ve played a part in bringing to air but moving to BBC Studios at this exciting moment in their growth was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.”

Priddle takes up her new role in September. She will be based in London but will spend time across the UK, managing productions in London & Glasgow.

Jon Creamer