Sunday 4 December 2016

Huw Kennair-Jones named as new editor of The Archers

Published 13/09/2016 | 14:06

The show's previous editor continued to oversee the current storyline involving Helen and Rob Titchener, played by Louiza Patikas and Tim Watson
The show's previous editor continued to oversee the current storyline involving Helen and Rob Titchener, played by Louiza Patikas and Tim Watson

Huw Kennair-Jones has been announced as the new editor of BBC Radio 4 show, The Archers.

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A former executive producer on series such as Mad Dogs, Strike Back and Hit And Miss, he takes over the reins from Sean O'Connor, who stepped down after two-and-a-half years.

Kennair-Jones will take up the role from September 26.

He said: "Having started listening to The Archers on Sunday mornings as a child while my mother did the ironing, I'm beyond thrilled to be joining the team in Birmingham at such an exciting time in the show's history and building on the brilliant work Sean O'Connor has done during his tenure.

"The Archers occupies a unique place in the nation's heart and I'm honoured to have the opportunity to be part of this iconic programme's future."

One of his most recent projects has been producing the series Medici: Masters Of Florence, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden, for Big Light Productions.

Kennair-Jones was a commissioning editor at Sky Drama from 2008 to 2014, and also executive-produced hit programmes such as Thorne, Terry Pratchett's Going Postal and Moonfleet.

Other career highlights include working as a commissioning editor for Sky 1, story producing for EastEnders and also doing a stint as a producer for Holby City.

Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra's controller, Gwyneth Williams, said: " As ever The Archers is part of our national conversation. And we can be sure that with our talented and experienced new editor, Huw Kennair-Jones, Ambridge will continue to be in safe hands. I am delighted to welcome Huw to Radio 4 and I very much look forward to working with him."

The show's previous editor, O'Connor, has moved to work on EastEnders, but continued to oversee the current Helen and Rob Titchener storyline which he created.

Sunday night's dramatic episode was his final broadcast, during which Helen was acquitted of attempted murder at Borchester Crown Court after a tense, hour-long special.

The trial was the climax of a storyline that has gripped the nation as listeners saw Helen suffer increasing domestic abuse at the hands of Rob, played by Timothy Watson.

The plot drew a wide reaction from fans, including a charity appeal that has raised more than £160,000 for women's charity Refuge.

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