Meet The Speakers: Simon Heath

Meet The Speakers: Simon Heath

The next event in our run of sold-out TV Networking events at The Hospital Club takes place on Thursday 12th October. Our second speaker on the night will be World Productions’ award-winning Creative Director, Simon Heath, who will discuss his work on hit BBC Two crime series, Line of Duty.

Simon Heath
Starting off his career in 1993 as a script editor and writer for Byker Grove and Ant & Dec, Simon Heath joined World Productions 20 years ago, as a script editor on Channel 4’s Ultraviolet, before working his way up to Producer (Attachments for BBC Two, Men Only for Channel 4), and then becoming Head of Drama.

Heath’s credits as Executive Producer in the following years include BAFTA-nominated dramas such as Outlaws and Hancock & Joan, and RTS-nominated films Ahead of the Class and United.

In 2011, now as Creative Director of World Productions, Heath executive produced the five-part police corruption thriller, Line of Duty, which at the time was BBC Two’s highest-rating drama for more than 10 years. The following year his show The Fear won two BAFTAs and a RTS Award.

Line of Duty
Originally aired during summer 2012, the procedural crime drama series, created by Jed Mercurio, follows the investigations by internal affairs unit AC-12 into suspected corrupt police officers. Line of Duty is regarded as the most popular drama series on BBC Two in the multichannel era, described by The Guardian as “an addictive minefield of booby traps and seething rivalry” and “more like being abducted by TV than watching it.”

The show was critically acclaimed and nominated for Silver Dagger, Broadcast, Broadcasting Press Guild, RTS and South Bank Show awards. It has since returned for three further series, and after the fourth run secured over 9.5 million viewers this summer, it was announced that a further two series have been commissioned by the BBC.

Come and find out the secrets behind the making of Line of Duty at our next TV Networking event, on Thursday 12th October at The Hospital Club. For information, and to book your free place, click here.