British Comedy Guide

Executive decisions


Micheál Jacob's long career as an executive producer and script editor encompasses a plethora of television and radio comedies, including Birds Of A Feather, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, Goodnight Sweetheart, My Family, Eyes Down, Thieves Like Us, The Smoking Room, Not For Turning and Dead Canny.

On a shoot one day, I was chatting to an actress who said, in a friendly way: "I know you're the executive producer, but what do you actually do?

"I mean you turn up for readthroughs, you do notes, you talk to people, you have lunch ... is that...

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