Former Head of Channel 4 Drama Joins NFTS

The NFTS is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Ansorge as the new Head of Short Courses. Peter has been a tutor here at the NFTS for a number of years and took up his new appointment in January 2016.

He joined the BBC in the Drama Department as a script editor and producer. Under David Rose’s innovative regime at BBC Birmingham he worked on Director Mike Leigh’s early success Nuts In May, David Hare’s Licking Hitler and Philip Martin’s Gangsters.

Licking Hitler won the 1978 BAFTA for Best Drama. Peter then went to Channel 4 where he became a commissioning editor for fiction and helped create the Film On 4 strand. Under Michael Grade’s era at Channel 4 Peter became Head of drama for television series and serials. Among his award-winning commissions for the Channel were A Very British Coup (International Emmy and BAFTA, 1988), Traffik (International Emmy and BAFTA, 1989), Alan Bleasdale’s GBH (Robert Lindsay Best Actor, BAFTA, RTS. 1992) and Paula Milne’s The Politician’s Wife (BAFTA, International Emmy, Peabody, 1996). The Camomile Lawn, directed by Sir Peter Hall, received the highest viewing figures to date for an original C4 Drama series.

After leaving Channel 4, Peter developed screenplays for the BBC by Paula Milne and Caryl Phillips. He produced Red Mercury, written by Farrukh Dhondy, starring Stockard Channing and Peter Postlewaite. His radio play The Portrait of a Gentleman will be produced by BBC Radio 4 later in the year.

At the NFTS he created and ran the popular Writing The Pilot and Creating The Bible courses. He has published two books on stage and screenwriting, Disrupting The Spectacle(Pitman) and From Liverpool to Los Angeles, (Faber).

Find out more about the NFTS' Short Courses here