Peter Ansorge

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Peter
Family name: 
Ansorge
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Interview Number: 
785
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Peter joined the BBC in the Drama Department as a script editor and producer. Under David Rose’s innovative regime at BBC Birmingham he worked on Director Mike Leigh’s early success Nuts In May, David Hare’s Licking Hitler and Philip Martin’s Gangsters.

Licking Hitler won the 1978 BAFTA for Best Drama. Peter then went to Channel 4 where he became a commissioning editor for fiction and helped create the Film On 4 strand. Under Michael Grade’s era at Channel 4 Peter became Head of drama for television series and serials. Among his award-winning commissions for the Channel were A Very British Coup(International Emmy and BAFTA, 1988), Traffik (International Emmy and BAFTA, 1989), Alan Bleasdale’s GBH (Robert Lindsay Best Actor, BAFTA, RTS. 1992) and Paula Milne’s The Politician’s Wife (BAFTA, International Emmy, Peabody, 1996). The Camomile Lawn, directed by Sir Peter Hall, received the highest viewing figures to date for an original C4 Drama series.

After leaving Channel 4, Peter developed screenplays for the BBC by Paula Milne and Caryl Phillips. He produced Red Mercury, written by Farrukh Dhondy, starring Stockard Channing and Peter Postlewaite.