Candy Cabs. Copyright: Splash Media.

Candy Cabs

BBC One comedy drama. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2011. Stars Jo Joyner, Lisa Millett, Danielle Henry, Melanie Hill, Lu Corfield, Claire Sweeney, Paul Nicholls and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

With six pink cars making their way to the seaside resort of Hadley, will Jackie and Elaine be able to make their dream of setting up a taxi company run by women a reality?

Further details

Candy Cabs. Image shows from L to R: Jackie O'Sullivan (Jo Joyner), Elaine Partridge (Lisa Millett). Copyright: Splash Media.

Best friends Jackie and Elaine are mourning the death of their friend Shazza, whose passing has left them in the lurch just as they were set to go into business with an all-female cab company. It's at Shazza's funeral that they make a pact to proceed with their plan.

With chaotic personal lives, a secretly re-mortgaged home and a bunch of best friends depending on them for jobs, they embark on their dream of Candy Cabs. Taking the biggest gamble of their lives, they accept delivery of a fleet of bright pink taxis, celebrate with a launch party and pray that business will flow.

But they soon discover a host of hidden obstacles, including the need to sit the "knowledge" before they can even hit the road, and the little problem of signing up customers. Jackie takes an unorthodox approach to manipulating the media, much to Elaine's dismay. And just what are the motives of Kenny Ho, the enigmatic boss of the town's largest fleet of cabs?

The shady Dennis, Shazza's ex, turns up to disrupt their lives, Elaine struggles to keep her secret from her husband and, unexpectedly, romance is in the air for Jackie.

With so many distractions, can they keep their eyes on the road and turn their fledgling business into the success they dream about?

Broadcast details

Tuesday 5th April 2011
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jo Joyner Jackie O'Sullivan
Lisa Millett Elaine Partridge
Danielle Henry Sally-Ann
Melanie Hill Stella
Lu Corfield Big Pam
Claire Sweeney Amanda
Paul Nicholls Tony McQueen
Denis Lawson Kenny Ho
John Henshaw Mervyn Monkford
Jodie Prenger Diane Laughton
Paul Kaye Dennis Whitehead
Tom Goodman-Hill Barry O'Sullivan
Daniel Ryan Dave Partridge
Nichola Burley Witney Whitehead
Alexandra Roach Beth Partridge
Jamie Davis Alex Partridge
Steve Money Gary
Moey Hassan Tariq
Olivia Chester Georgie O'Sullivan
Sarah Moyle Monica Chadwick
Beatrice Kelley Elsie
Nadira Tudor Nina Hogarth
Danny Cunningham Chubb
Ian Weichardt Trainee Paul
Guest cast
Geoff Holman Vicar
Sarah Hope Saleswoman
Dominic Senior Robbie Laughton
Jayne Tunnicliffe Shona
Jason Furnival Policeman
Writing team
Johanne McAndrew Writer
Elliot Hope Writer
Production team
Minkie Spiro Director
John Rushton Producer
Jane Lush Executive Producer
Fenia Vardanis Executive Producer
Cheryl Taylor Executive Producer
Jon Rolph Executive Producer


Elaine's Trusty Five Fingered Friend

Elaine has a confession to make. She still hasn't told her husband Dave that she's remortgaged the house to start Candy Cabs. A somewhat unsympathetic Jackie isn't helping with her smart remarks but comes to the rescue with the 'magic marigold' when Elaine has a full blown panic attack.

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Featuring: Jo Joyner (Jackie O'Sullivan), Lisa Millett (Elaine Partridge).

Dennis Sunbathes In His Leopard Skin

The girls arrive in the brand new fleet of Candy Cabs only to be confronted with Dennis sunbathing with Witney on the lawn in his leopard-skin tanga briefs. Will Witney be tempted to leave her errant Dad and go along for the ride?

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Slimming Club at Candy Cabs HQ

The girls strip off for diet tyrant Stella as she weighs them at her Fat Club whilst trying to flog her Swedish flab killer 'Slime Shakes'.

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