Former 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Russell T. Davies to Get Edinburgh TV Festival Honor

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The BAFTA-winning producer and writer is also behind such shows as 'Queer as Folk' and 'Torchwood.'

Russell T. Davies, the BAFTA-winning British producer who famously revived Doctor Who in 2005 and served as showrunner until 2010, is set to receive the outstanding achievement award at the upcoming Edinburgh TV Festival. 

The honor will be presented by Nicola Shindler, founder of Red Production Company and a longtime collaborator of Davies since his 1999 series Queer as Folk, followed by an in-conversation session in which he will discuss his shows, including Doctor Who spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. 

“I am delighted that Russell is returning to the TV Festival to receive our outstanding achievement award," said advisory chair Diederick Santer. "He’s the man behind some of the nation’s favorite dramas, and his career continues to be incredibly successful and remarkably varied. I am very excited to hear what will no doubt be an insightful and funny look back over 30 years of great work."

Davies is currently adapting the novel A Very English Scandal, with Stephen Frears set to direct and Hugh Grant starring, for the BBC.

The Edinburgh TV Festival will run Aug. 23-25.