Priscilla Parish has silently exited her role as the head of drama at BBC Studios, concluding a four-year tenure. Hailing from World Productions, the producer of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, Parish’s departure, though unannounced by BBC Studios, has been confirmed by the company to Deadline. The successor to her position is anticipated to be disclosed in the near future.
Mark Linsey, the president of scripted at BBC Studios Productions, expressed gratitude to Parish for her contributions, extending best wishes for her future endeavors. During her time, Parish oversaw acclaimed shows like the BAFTA-winning Time, featuring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. Recently, the second season premiered with Bella Ramsey and Jodie Whittaker.
In the pipeline for BBC Studios is the upcoming drama Kidnapped, depicting the abduction of model Chloe Ayling. Parish also served as an executive producer on the Netflix feature Luther: The Fallen Sun. Despite these achievements, BBC Studios faced setbacks, losing the long-running series Holby City after 23 years. Additionally, the BBC discontinued the daytime drama Doctors.
Furthermore, BBC Studios relinquished its exclusive production rights for Doctor Who, with Bad Wolf taking on the production contract in a unique arrangement to bring back Russell T Davies as the showrunner.