is a British
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television producer. She is currently the Head of Series and Serials at the BBC
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Kate graduated from the University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a British Redbrick university located in the city of Birmingham, England. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Birmingham Medical School and Mason Science College . Birmingham was the first Redbrick university to gain a charter and thus...
with a degree in Drama
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before becoming an Arts Council Trainee director with Century Theatre and then Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre
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She has spent over 15 years with a career at the BBC, and became an executive producer in the BBC Drama Serials department. As a Producer Kate has worked on dramas including The Beggar Bride
The Beggar Bride was a British two-part television programme adapted from the Gillian White novel of the same name.-Cast:*Keeley Hawes as Angela Harper*Nicholas Jones as Sir Fabian Ormerod*Joe Duttine as Billy Harper*Kacey Ainsworth as Tina...
, Close Relations
, The Echo
, David Copperfield
David Copperfield is a two part BBC television drama adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield, adapted by Adrian Hodges. The first part was shown on Christmas Day and the second on Boxing Day in 1999...
, Man and Boy
and BAFTA winner Charles II: The Power and The Passion
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(released in the US, under the title The Last King: the Power and the Passion of Charles II
, in a heavily edited version on the A&E
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In her role as Executive Producer in BBC Drama Serials, she has been responsible for programmes including Crime And Punishment, Daniel Deronda
, The Lost World
, and Final Demand
Harwood was appointed the executive producer of EastEnders
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in February 2005, a position she retained until October 2006 when she was succeeded by Diederick Santer
Diederick Santer is a British television producer and is best known for his work on the popular BBC television soap opera EastEnders, a post which he assumed on 23 October 2006 and left on 1 March 2010...
. During her time, EastEnders started facing more media criticsm and ratings fell to 3.9 million - EastEnders' lowest ever ratings.
Her grandfather, Commodore Henry Harwood
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, was commander of Force G during the pursuit which resulted in the scuttling of the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee
after the Battle of the River Plate
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, off Uruguay, in World War II (these events were later the basis of the 1956 film The Battle of the River Plate
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). Her brother, Anthony Harwood, is Head of News at the British newspaper The Daily Mirror
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