Bryan Kirkwood
Bryan Kirkwood
Bryan Kirkwood is a Scottish-born British television producer. He was the producer of teen Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2006 until 2009 and has been the executive producer of the BBC soap EastEnders since 2010.
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Kirkwood returns to Lime to boost structured reality
Broadcast - almost 5 years
Former EastEnders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood is returning to Lime Pictures to expand the producer’s catalogue of structured reality and scripted programming.
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Bryan Kirkwood quits EastEnders over declining ratings and viewer complaints
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
EastEnders’ executive producer <a class="fplink fp-909685" href="/Bryan+Kirkwood+1">Bryan Kirkwood</a> has quit the show after a ratings slump and heavy criticism from viewers.
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Nick Berry 'returning to EastEnders with Michael French after 21 years' - Metro
Google News - over 5 years
The show&#39;s producer Bryan Kirkwood praised the actress&#39; work on the show, saying: &#39;Pam St Clement has created one of the most iconic and loved characters in British TV history. Over the years we&#39;ve seen her develop from a shrew into a matriarch
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EASTENDERS SPOILER ALERT: After Tommy's kidnap drama Kat Moon suffers further ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
More than 6000 complained about the storyline bur EastEnders boss Bryan Kirkwood defended the plot, insisting viewers were warned about the plot before it was aired. He said: &#39;We took care to ensure viewers were aware of the content in advance
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Albert Square role gave me self-belief to play the lead on London stage, says ... - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;I had a great relationship with the executive producer Bryan Kirkwood. He knew that I had to believe in what I was doing. There were meetings where I would say, &#39;Can we change this, or do this differently, because it doesn&#39;t feel too great for me&#39;
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TELEVISION/RADIO; 'The Real World' Gets a Script and Gets Unreal
NYTimes - over 14 years
FANS of MTV's ''Real World'' are a devoted bunch. In September the show enters its 12th season, set in Las Vegas, on the heels of ''The Real World: Chicago,'' whose July finale garnered more viewers than any episode in the history of the series. The message boards of the show's Web site, however, reveal that fans have something of a love-hate
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bryan Kirkwood
  • 2014
    Age 38
    Later that month it was announced that Kirkwood had returned to working with Lime Pictures. Working alongside Tony Wood, Kirkwood will help create new scripted and reality drama. He produced Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights before returning as executive producer of Hollyoaks. in 2014, Hollyoaks won Best British soap in at The British Soap Awards.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time Hollyoaks ever won this award.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    On 12 March 2012, it was announced Kirkwood had decided to leave his position of executive producer of EastEnders, and left in April 2012, after two years in charge with series producer Lorraine Newman temporarily taking over his role.
    More Details Hide Details Of his departure, Kirkwood said "Being the executive producer of EastEnders is one of the most exciting jobs in TV, but it's also the most exhausting - so after two years, I've decided it's time to leave Walford."
  • 2010
    Age 34
    His first episode was broadcast on 4 June 2010 (moved from 7 June due to a schedule change), though he shares the executive producer credit with Santer for two weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Kirkwood’s tenure oversaw numerous high-profile storylines, such as the death of Billie Jackson, and the introduction of such characters as Michael Moon. Other ideas, however, such as the introduction of Tyler Moon and Anthony Moon and the decision to kill off long-standing soap veteran Pat Butcher, were not as well-received and prompted media criticism. The show was also criticized for pandering too heavily towards a younger demographic, insofar that the soap was, at one point, dubbed the “East End version of Hollyoaks.” In January 2011 an EastEnders baby swap storyline involving the character Ronnie Branning gained over 10,000 complaints, which resulted in the BBC ending the storyline earlier than planned.
    His appointment came on 1 March 2010 as Santer stepped down from the role after the 25th anniversary celebrations.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    After leaving the main Hollyoaks team, he produced the second series of the late-night spin-off Hollyoaks Later, shown in 2009 on E4.
    More Details Hide Details He became responsible for the casting of several new characters and guest appearances, such as Bonnie Tyler. On 2 November 2009 it was announced that he would become the executive producer of the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, replacing Diederick Santer. He faced criticism from the media before he even assumed his role on EastEnders, with many reporting he planned to 'sex up' the show on arrival.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    Kirkwood's first major role came as a storyliner for ITV's Coronation Street. He later took control as the producer for Channel 4's Hollyoaks between 2006 and 2009, a period in which the show explored a number of well-loved and critically acclaimed storylines (such as that of the relationship between John Paul McQueen and Craig Dean and the Dog at the Pond explosion that killed five characters).
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    Kirkwood was born in Bellshill, Scotland. He also lived in East Kilbride and Edinburgh before moving to Brighton, England at a young age. Openly gay, he was living in Liverpool with his partner in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Kirkwood entered into a civil partnership in 2011 and now lives in Surrey.
    He was the producer of Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2006 until 2009 and was the executive producer of the BBC soap EastEnders from 2010 until 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He returned as the executive producer of Hollyoaks in late 2012.
  • 1976
    Age 0
    Born in 1976.
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