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BBC specialist factual commissioner Abigail Riddle has left to join BBC Studios to head up the production company’s history and arts slate.

As creative director of history and arts, she will oversee domestic and international productions, some of which she will executive produce. Though based in London, she will also manage productions in Glasgow and across the UK.

In her five years as a BBC commissioner, Priddle ordered series such as Inside the Factory, The Trump Show, Yorkshire Ripper Files and Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me.

Prior to joining the BBC, she was a freelance director and producer on shows such as BBC2's Back in Time for Christmas and The Victorian Slum, as well as Channel 4's 24 Hours in A&E and Hunted.

At BBCS’ Documentary Unit, Priddle will be reunited with former BBC head of natural history and specialist factual commissioning Tom McDonald, who joined two years ago as head of BBCS factual.

The Documentary Unit also recently signed 72 Films exec Kirsty Cunningham to head up programming.

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