Oliver Kent

Former BBC Producer

Oliver Kent joined the BBC Drama Series Department as a Researcher on Casualty in 1998, quickly rising to Script Editor and staying in that role until early 2001 when he joined EastEnders.

He became a Producer in 2002, remaining on “The Square” until 2003, when he left to work as Series Producer on Westway, a radio soap for the BBC World Service (which he also directed).

In 2004 he returned to television and joined the Holby City team as Producer before returning to Casualty as Series Producer between 2006-11, and Holby City again as Senior Producer from 2011 – 13. He was Executive Producer of both medical shows from 2013 – 16.

In 2015 he also Executive Produced the post-watershed thriller From Darkness starring Anne-Marie Duff.

From 2017 – 2019 he was Head of Continuing Drama Series (EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, River City and Pobol y Cwm) and developed new projects with writers including Mark Catley, Simon Norman, Michelle Lipton and Patrick Homes for BBC Studios Scripted. He embraces diversity, devising and leading the BBC Studios Drama Disability Mentoring Programme (https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2018/disability-mentoring-training-programme).

During his time as Head of Continuing Drama Series, Oliver led on the tender processes for Holby City and Doctors, helping retain both programmes for BBC Studios.

Oliver is a hugely experienced creative producer and manager with an unparalleled knowledge of audiences from twenty years’ experience of running the highest rating shows on British television.

He is also a well-known nurturer of new writing talent, having championed such luminaries as Matthew Barry (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Paul Matthew Thompson (Vera, Shakespeare and Hathaway) and Sarah Phelps (The ABC Murders).

Under his leadership, his programmes won many prestigious awards, including BAFTA for Soap and Continuing Drama, RTS for Soap and Continuing Drama and National Television Award for Drama.