CanCan Productions is an Independent production company set up by Rebecca Papworth in collaboration with Simon Crowther and Chris Fewtrell. We are passionate about creating a home for great writers and unique talent, delivering stories and formats that celebrate our love and enthusiasm for comedy and drama.
We are based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, a stone’s throw from Leeds and Manchester, giving us access to great views and different voices.
Rebecca is a Creative Producer and Executive, with twenty years experience at senior level.
She established Hat Trick North, launched The Salford Sitcom Showcase and was Executive Producer at BBC Comedy North; overseeing three series of Citizen Khan for BBC1, developing Sunny D for BBC3, Barbara Nice for Radio 2 and Home from Home for BBC1. She has also spent time as a Commissioning Executive for BBC Nations and Regions, with credits including award-winning shows Rab C Nesbitt, Gavin & Stacey, The Royle Family and A Matter of Loaf and Death. She was the first woman to produce Have I Got News For You, series produced award-winning I Love the 80’s, created Fame, Set & Match and developed Johnny & Inel for CBBC. She is the originating Producer of BBC1 Comedy Drama series Home from Home, and is always on the search for original and distinct voices, and brilliant writing.
In a career spanning over twenty years, Simon Crowther has written predominantly for television.
Working with companies such as Lime TV, BBC Studios, and ITV (including over 200 episodes of Coronation Street), as well as writing a number of comedies for theatre and radio. These include an adaptation of Alexander Ostrovsky’s pithily titled satire It’s a Family Affair – We’ll Settle it Ourselves as part of the Sherman Theatre’s fortieth anniversary celebrations. His multiple collaborations with Chris Fewtrell have resulted in a number of television projects, and many, many laughs.
Chris Fewtrell is a BAFTA nominated, writer who has written over 250 episodes of ‘Coronation Street’.
He also co-wrote the successful Corrie spin-off movie, Romanian Holiday with Simon Crowther. In addition to Coronation Street, Chris has a wealth of television experience, racking up over two hundred hours of primetime, working on shows such as Rosemary and Thyme, Peak Practice, Byker Grove, The Bill, EastEnders, Family Affairs, Dream Team, London Bridge and The House of Windsor. He has developed various original projects over the years, working with companies including Carnival, Channel X, Lime, Zenith, Sky, Scottish TV and ITV Studios.
Kieran Roberts is an award-winning drama producer and executive producer whose productions include acclaimed single films and three-parters, successful returning series and Britain’s best-loved continuing dramas.
Kieran’s credits as producer include children’s drama The Ward and Sally Wainwright’s comedy-drama At Home with the Braithwaites as well as both of ITV’s flagship continuing dramas, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. From 2005 to 2016 he ran ITV Studios’ Manchester drama department. His credits as executive producer include: Mobile, Blue Murder, Cold Blood, The Road to Coronation Street, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Midwinter of the Spirit and Tina & Bobby. From 2005 to 2017 - and for over three thousand episodes - Kieran was also executive producer of Coronation Street. Kieran’s productions have received numerous prestigious awards, including eight BAFTAs. In June 2018 Kieran received The Tony Warren Award at the British Soap Awards for his outstanding contribution to Coronation Street.
Polly is an Audio Producer and Executive with twenty years experience at senior level.
She worked in house at BBC Radio Drama in Manchester for ten years and has been freelance since 2008. She has won multiple awards; Sony’s, Audio Production Awards, Audio Academy ARIAs, BBC Audio and Writers Guild of Great Britain. She specialises in bold dramatisations for BBC Radio 3 & 4. Is active in the world of podcasting, has extensive theatre experience facilitating projects for the Wellcome Trust, Royal Exchange, Cartwheel Arts, in the UK and worldwide. She works across drama and comedy and factual output with talents as diverse as Michael Palin, Sheridan Smith, Sarah Daniels, Frank Skinner, Nigel Slater, Glenda Jackson, Mark Haddon, Lulu Razcka, Mandeep Gill, Richard Herring, Jack Thorne, Alison Steadman, Ayeesha Menon and Toby Jones.
Legal and Business Affairs
Lisa is a senior Media Lawyer with over 25 years experience. She is sole principal of regulated law firm Armstrong Legal. Ranked Legal 500 Top Tier North West Media and Entertainment with Lisa Bindhanee recommended. Extensive credits across scripted and non-scripted Lisa oversees all CanCan’s output.
Dominique is Head of Production, with twenty plus years working in television and film.
With vast experience in the industry across genres including drama, comedy and children’s television. Having moved up through the ranks, she understands the value and requirements of the roles that she oversees and has worked on a variety of BAFTA award winning productions including The Mrs Merton Show, The Royle Family, Cold Feet (original series), Eric and Ernie and The 4 O’Clock Club. Dominique was also part of the teams that created BAFTA (2016) nominated productions Sleeping Lions and So Awkward. She is a people person with a “hands on” approach who enjoys seeing a story come to life from development through to on-screen.