Geater takes over for the interim

In a surprise move, Lorraine Heggessey — CEO of one of Blighty’s biggest shingles, Talkback Thames — quit Tuesday, apparently without another job in place.

The news comes at a crucial time for the FremantleMedia-owned indie, which needs to reinvent itself after ITV recently axed 25-year-old cop show, “The Bill.”

Talkback Thames said Sara Geater would take over as interim CEO, but would not comment further.

Heggessey is responsible for hit shows including “The X Factor,” “Britain’s Got Talent” and the U.K. version of “The Apprentice,” plus more upscale fare including Stephen Poliakoff’s big-budget TV dramas made for the BBC, such as “Shooting the Past.”

Two days ago, at the BAFTA TV awards, Heggessey acknowledged that losing “The Bill” would have an impact on the shingle beyond its 90 job losses. Earlier, she had said she was “devastated” by the show’s loss.

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