BBC One / Starts — Apr 18
Featuring Johnny Vegas playing uptight, try-hard dad Neil Hackett, whose decision to buy a lodge in the Lake District proves disastrous when he discovers he is living next door to the uber successful, effortlessly superior Dillons.
Cancan Productions is a new independent production company set up by Rebecca Papworth 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 proud to be based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, our unique location nestled in the Pennine Hills, a stone's throw from Manchester and Leeds, 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.
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.