Julia Harrington, history commissioner for UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4), will be stepping down from her post by the end of the year to spend more time with her family.
Harrington, over the course of five years at Channel 4, oversaw scores of single docs now united in the ‘Secret History’ strand, as well as such factual hits as The Queen’s Hidden Cousin and The Queen’s Mother in Law and Richard III: The King in the Car Park (pictured).
In a statement, Harrington said: “I’ve had five amazing years of creative freedom at Channel 4, realizing projects no other broadcaster would have backed me on and working with incredible, passionate producers. But I know I can take a break and then step back into the industry when I want to. Right now I don’t want to miss out on this golden, anarchic period of my little girl’s life.”
David Glover, head of specialist factual for C4, added: “One of the highlights of my time at Channel 4 was being in the same room as Julia when she pitched the idea that the missing body of King Richard III was buried under a car park in Leicester and that she wanted to try to dig it up. It wasn’t luck – she had studied the evidence in detail.
“Her programs have always been incredibly intelligent, thought provoking and well made,” said Glover. “What’s so nice is that Julia is leaving entirely on her own terms, having been a huge success. We hope she comes back to TV soon.”