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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 19:30

Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel: the Death of Neil Heywood Revisited

Carrie Gracie, BBC China Editor

Embassy of Iceland
1 Liangmaqiao Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District, 100600 Beijing


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Carrie will discuss the making of her current five part podcast and radio series ‘Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel’. The series investigates the tangled tale of business, politics and crime which led to the death of businessman Neil Heywood in a Chongqing hotel room in 2011, and charts the way the sensational exposure of the murder changed the course of Chinese politics. 


Carrie joined the BBC World Service in 1987 as a trainee producer and after attachments to various departments, became a producer in Current Affairs. She was the BBC World Service Beijing reporter in the early 1990s and China correspondent and Beijing bureau chief from 1997 until 1999 when she returned to the UK to focus on presenting. For several years she anchored the morning slot on the BBC News Channel and also hosted the weekly BBC World Service programme The Interview. During these years, she returned to China regularly on reporting assignments. Carrie has a BA in Chinese and speaks Mandarin. In April 2014, she took up a newly created post as BBC China Editor. Carrie has won several prizes for broadcast journalism including a Peabody and an Emmy.