Jon Sen
Born (1974-10-09) 9 October 1974 (age 47)
Occupation
  • Writer
  • director
  • producer
Years active2000–present

Jon Sen (born 9 October 1974) is a British television and film director, writer and producer.[1] After working as the executive producer of the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2018 to 2022, Sen began working as the executive producer of the BBC medical drama series Casualty in 2022.

Career

In 2000, Sen was awarded his first BBC drama commission to write and direct The Love Doctor. His second low budget television film, a short called Reignited was made for Channel 4's Coming Up strand and met with critical success.[2] In 2003, Catherine Wearing employed Sen to direct Channel 4's £2 million flagship drama Second Generation starring Parminder Nagra. Despite being a ratings flop, the drama was critically acclaimed.[3] Nagra won an EMMA for her lead performance and the programme was named in the Observer's top ten television of 2003.[4] Sen continued to direct other dramas including Frances Tuesday starring Tamzin Outhwaite. Frances Tuesday was a success for ITV when it became the highest rated single drama of 2004 and went on to sell in over 43 countries worldwide.[5] In May 2006, Sen completed Stan for BBC Four about the final meeting between Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, starring Jim Norton.[6]

As a writer, his work includes 4.4.68, a radio play about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Two on a Tower, Vanunu: A Time To Be Heard, a drama about nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, and The Man Who Wore Sanitary Pads about the Indian social entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham. The play was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award in the Best Scripted Comedy Drama category.[7] Sen is an occasional contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Independent and The Times of India.[8]

On 10 December 2018, Sen was announced as the new executive producer of the BBC soap opera EastEnders.[9] Sen's first credited episode as executive producer on EastEnders is episode 5954, originally broadcast on 15 July 2019. In November 2021, Sen stepped down as executive producer of EastEnders to lead the fellow BBC continuing drama Casualty.[10] His final credited episode as executive producer of EastEnders aired on 10 March 2022.[11] During his tenure, he received a mixed response from critics for his decisions on the show. He received a positive reception for his storylines involving the Carter and Panesar families, as well as reintroducing historical cast member Charlie Brooks as Janine Butcher. However, he was criticised for various decisions including mishandling Chantelle Atkins' (Jess Plummer) abuse storyline, a lack of aftermath within storylines and introducing incidental music that viewers found to be "jarring".[12] To fans, however, many share the opinion that Sen's reign as executive producer was a very poor era for the show.

References

  1. ^ "Homeward Bound - Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. ^ "Coming Up". Channel 4. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. ^ "It's Asian life, but not as we know it".
  4. ^ Spencer, Neil (24 August 2003). "She shoots, she scores". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Jon Sen". Sayle Screen. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Stan (2006)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  7. ^ "The Man Who Wore Sanitary Pads". BBC. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Nobody owns a nation's culture - Times of India". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  9. ^ Brown, David (10 December 2018). "Jon Sen named as new EastEnders boss". Radio Times. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ Goldbart, Max. "'EastEnders' Exec Jon Sen To Step Down, Replaced By Chris Clenshaw". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  11. ^ Harp, Justin (15 March 2022). "EastEnders airs big change for new episodes". Digital Spy. (Hearst Communications). Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  12. ^ Lindsay, Duncan; Patterson, Stephen (12 November 2021). "The highs and lows of Jon Sen's tenure as he leaves EastEnders". Metro. (DMG Media). Retrieved 25 June 2022.
Media offices Preceded byKate Oates Executive Producer of EastEnders 15 July 2019 – 10 March 2022 Succeeded byChris Clenshaw