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John Whiston

John Whiston is Creative Director, Serial Dramas responsible for Coronation Street and Emmerdale. John started his career at the BBC producing arts programmes for strands such as Bookmark, Timewatch, Omnibus and The Late Show including award winning documentaries such as Absurdistan and Naked Hollywood. Moving to Manchester to head up the ‘yoof’ department John built up a broad slate of BBC programming in the North from The Sunday Show to Red Dwarf, from Mrs Merton to Mastermind. Moving to Yorkshire to become Director of Programmes, he helped nurture important ITV shows such as Emmerdale, A Touch of Frost and Heartbeat. As well as growing Emmerdale from 3 episodes to 6, he also launched some of ITV’s most popular dramas including The Royal, At Home With The Braithwaites, Fat Friends and the Emmy winning Lost For Words. He then moved west and took responsibility for Coronation Street, and later all of ITV Production’s drama such as Poirot, Marple, Prime Suspect, Cracker, Blue Murder, Lewis and the Oscar winning feature film, The Queen. A further move saw him become responsible for all of ITV Studio’s (as it was renamed) UK production, including amazing hits such as GMOOH, Dancing On Ice and Come Dine With Me as well as attending the birth of some significant new ones such as The Chase. Now working with two of the most talented production teams in the UK, he reckons he has the best job in Television - not least because it comes with the nickname The Pope of Soap.