Jane Dauncey is the co-founder along with Jane Steventon of Machine Productions the Welsh based production company behind Tati’s Hotel, the new ITV children’s live action comedy. Jane is living proof of how tenacious you have to be to be a successful producer in this day and age. Creatively Tati’s Hotel is an enormous achievement (witty, fast-paced and very special) but the effort that went into raising the financing, maintaining the momentum over long months of wrangling; herding all the partners was a massive achievement in itself. In addition to Tati’s Hotel Jane was producer of The Tracey Beaker Story, one of the most successful kids comedy dramas of recent years.
1. What was your first job in the industry?
Radio drama director – a brilliant job that rolls up script editor, producer, director into one.
2. What are you watching on television now?
Runaway on Sky. They are making some really strong , confident drama.
3. Last movie you saw?
Ironclad. I’m on the Film Agency for Wales board and I like to see what is made here. But – I’m not a fan of blood spurts and beheadings. Nuff said.
4. What music are you listening to at the moment?
Radio One Live Lounge CDs in the car.
5. The first programme you ever watched?
Dr Who from behind the sofa.
6. Favourite children’s programme?
Tati’s Hotel – our new show on CITV launching May 7th. Of course, I’m biased, but it’s a bit eccentric, and stars the loveliest 8-year-old. I do believe children should see “themselves” on screen, not just cartoons.
7. Blue Peter or Magpie?
Definitely Blue Peter – I love making things out of boxes and sellotape (surely you mean sticky-backed plastic?) and coloured paper even now.
8. Desperate Housewives or Footballers’ Wives?
Both – but if I had to pick, Footballers’ Wives.
9. Proudest (professional) moment to date?
Getting a fun, positive, anarchic children’s programme (Tati’s Hotel) into production at the height of a recession and general tornado of problems for independent companies.
10. The programme you would have most liked to have made?
Still got three I’d love to make. But I’d love to have my name on the end of GBH.
11. Advice to any young thrusters coming into the industry?
If you are good, you will get there. Stick with people you respect.
12. Who has been the most influential/inspirational person in your career so far?
Jane Steventon, my current business partner – challenging and totally brilliant.
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15. How do you relax?
Reading detective books in bed or on trains!