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Katy Jones is an Executive Producer for the Learning Zone – the BBC’s overnight service for schools.
She commissions more than 30 hours of educational programmes a year to inspire children aged 3 – 18. The films are broadcast on BBC2 during term times, then go online on the BBC Class Clips site, where they can be accessed by teachers and pupils 24/7. Recent commissions include ‘True Stories’ – poetic dramas about men and women who changed the world; ‘Children at Work’ – documentaries about children’s lives on a cocoa plantation in Ghana, Bollywood and the Russian Circus; ‘History Hunt’ – in which teams of children use new technology to uncover stories about local heroes ; ‘Counting with Rodd’ , introducing pre-schoolers to the concept of number, ‘Life Stories’ – 5 x 15 minute dramas by top writers such as Bill Gallagher and Debbie Horsfield for children aged 8 – 11.
Prior to joining the BBC in March 2011, Katy was responsible for series of landmark factual dramas, including Tony Marchant’s Bafta-winning ‘The Mark of Cain’ about British soldiers in Iraq; ‘Yasmin’, by Slumdog Millionaire’s Simon Beaufoy; and two multi award winning dramas by Jimmy McGovern – ‘Sunday’ (about the events of Bloody Sunday). ‘Hillsborough’ (for which she won a BAFTA).
She also ran her own award-winning independent company, Child’s Eye Media, which specialised in making educational documentaries and resources for young children, many of which were published directly into schools.
Katy’s television career started at Granada television, where she worked for 10 years on a range of programmes from factual entertainment to children’s, eventually becoming a senior producer on the investigative series World in Action.
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