Jon Plowman

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Phillip Jon Plowman OBE (born 1953 in Welwyn Garden City, England) is a television and film producer. He has been a Producer at the BBC since 1980, when he produced Russell Harty's chat show Harty. He moved on to executive producing at the BBC in 1986, working on sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie, and became Head of Comedy Entertainment in 1994, mainly responsible for sketch shows.


Plowman was educated in Welwyn Garden City and at University College, Oxford,[1] where was a member of the University College Players[2] and made friends with others who went on to establish successful careers in comedy. One, Mel Smith, directed Plowman in a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. After Oxford, Plowman followed Smith to the Royal Court Theatre, where he met the director Lindsay Anderson. Plowman worked in theatre for a while, then joined Granada TV.

He was responsible for producing and commissioning programmes produced in-house at the BBC, of which the greatest successes include The Office and French & Saunders. Plowman became Head of Comedy in October 2005, and now oversees the BBC's in-house comedy production, but no longer commissions programmes. In June 2007, Plowman announced he was quitting his post at the BBC after 27 years. He decided to become a freelance producer for other shows and hoped to carry on his relationship with the BBC, continuing to create programmes "for them and elsewhere."[3]

In December 2003, The Observer named him in its list of the '50 Funniest or Most Influential People in British Comedy'.[citation needed] On 14 March 2006, he was honoured with the 'Judges' Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Television' at the Royal Television Society awards.[citation needed]

More recently he has moved into the world of theatre. He co-produced Lucky You, the Carl Hiaasen best-seller that is premiered as a theatre production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008.[citation needed]

Plowman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to British comedy.[4]

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