The Garden’s creative lead at its Yorkshire arm, Anna Dickeson, has been made Commissioning Editor , Documentaries for The BBC.

She will be based in Leeds and will work across factual genres building relationships with Indies across the north and the midlands.

She joined The Garden at the end of 2018 as Creative Lead, The Garden Yorkshire to work across regional production and develop projects.

Her career includes directing and producing shows including The Secret Life of the Zoo, Educating the East End and One Born Every Minute as well as producing on the first three series of 24 Hours in A&E.

The Garden has announced Rachael Smith, who exec’d the first northern based production of 24 Hours in A&E, as her replacement.

John Hay and Nicola Hill, Joint CEO’s of The Garden said: “Anna has done a brilliant job, establishing and leading the company’s Leeds office through a period when we’ve successfully moved 24 Hours in A&E out of London, secured another new format with a major UK broadcaster and established a pipeline of work with other channels and streamers. Commissioning is a great next step for her, so she leaves with our very best wishes – and we look forward to working with her in the new role!

“We’re delighted to announce that Rachael Smith, who has execed the first Northern-based series of 24 Hours in A&E absolutely superbly, will be joining The Garden and heading up its Northern operation.  Rachael is a perfect fit for the job: a talented and thoughtful filmmaker and an exemplary team leader with an impressive record in exactly the kind of popular premium factual TV that The Garden exists to make.  We’ve long admired her, have loved working with her on A&E and are very happy to be deepening that relationship as we look to the future.”

Jon Creamer

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