Jan Younghusband is Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning, working to Bob Shennan Director of Music and responsible for commissioning and strategy for music on BBC TV for BBC Music. She was previously Head of Arts (including Music) at Channel Four Television, and was also behind the debut films of leading new talent including HUNGER, Steve McQueen’s first feature film, THE ARBOR , Cleo Barnard’s first feature, and PETER AND THE WOLF, Suzy Templeton’s first feature which won an Oscar in 2009. Jan also devised many new music TV formats including the ground breaking OPERATUNITY which was the first Arts reality format; HOWARD GOODALL’S series, including the multi-award winning HOW MUSIC WORKS, and she also commissioned opera films for TV. THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, and commissioned 3 new operas for television, commissioning new scores for the screen to contemporary stories in a TV drama format.
At the BBC, she is responsible for the TV commissioning of music documentaries, singles, series and features, and live events, including the PROMS, LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND, a new live pop series for BBC One SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT; ONE LOVE MANCHESTER and GLASTONBURY and specials including ADELE AT THE BBC; HARRY STYLES AT THE BBC; SAM SMITH AT THE BBC; ARIANA GRANDE AT THE BBC; she has worked regularly in live events with bands including COLDPLAY, U2 and the Live Special in the Royal Albert Hall of Later with Jools Holland and public music events such as VE DAY and the JUBILEE CONCERT for BBC One.
In classical music on the BBC, Jan's most notable programmes include: the reshaping of the Proms for TV including the new classical chat show for BBC Two PROMS EXTRA; Howard Goodall’s THE STORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC definitive series for BBC Two; a new film about THE UNSUNG WOMEN COMPOSERS, with Danielle de Niese, several new series for BBC Four presented by Suzy Klein including MUSIC AND POWER, and generally developing women presenters and more diverse talent across TV and putting classical artists centre screen. For BBC Two Jan has commissioned several single history films which tell the story of how great musical works have influenced history: MESSIAH AT THE FOUNDLING HOSPITAL. Jan was also responsible for dance for five years at the BBC, and her most notable commissions recently are a new ballet film from The Ballet Boyz, YOUNG MEN and a film shot on location of MacMillan’s ROMEO AND JULIET with the Royal Ballet.
She is a published author of 3 books about classical music.
Jan, classically trained, is a multi-award winning producer and writer with a string of top awards to her name. She started her career in production at Glyndebourne and was then Head of Planning at the National Theatre for Sir Peter Hall and Sir Richard Eyre, and General Manager of The Peter Hall Company, before turning to writing and producing her own work in film and TV as an independent producer, and is also a published author of 2 books.