The Multi Award Winning Team Behind Monty & Co

Devised by the creative team responsible for PIPKINS

Monty & Co has been devised by the creative team responsible for PIPKINS, the ITV programme for under fives which ran for ten successful series, from 1972-1981. Pipkins has maintained a high profile to this day thanks to the Internet and DVDs, and we still receive a constant stream of fan emails.

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Nigel Plaskitt
Chairman / Puppet Master

Creator of Hartley Hare and other characters in Pipkins.

TV includes Doctor Who, Angels, Young At Heart, The Cleopatras, Owner Occupied, Pipkins, Spitting Image, The Spooks Of Bottle Bay, Round The Bend, The Tree House, Fun Factory, Up The Pole, Roger And The Rottentrolls, BBC Future Generations, Combat Sheep, BAFTA award winning Ripley & Scuff and he created Monkey for the ITV Digital commercials and now for PG Tips.

For The Jim Henson Company – The Bunny Picnic, Alice In Wonderland, The Secret Life of Toys and Mopatops Shop. He played the voice of Captain Black and other characters in Gerry Anderson’s animated version of New Captain Scarlet, several voices in a pilot for a new animated series for HIT Entertainment. He played Dan in Dan & Dusty for late night ITV and several characters in Disney’s Bunnytown.

For Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop he set up versions of Sesame Street in Russia, Poland, Spain, Palestine, Israel and Germany and voicing Tungar the Tiger in Panwapa Island.

Feature films include Spy Story, Labyrinth, Little Shop Of Horrors, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Muppet Treasure Island, Lost In Space, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and The Muppets Most Wanted.

Nigel is also puppet coach for the stage musical Avenue Q for Cameron Mackintosh and Sell A Door Productions.

www.nigelplaskitt.com

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Gail Renard
Head of Content / Writer

BAFTA award-winning writer.

Gail has written and created hundreds of BBC, ITV and C4 comedy and children’s series, including Pipkins, ChuckleVision, Custer’s Last Stand Up, Out Of Tune, Get Up, Stand Up and The Famous Five. She’s written close to 1000 books and stories for Disney and appears regularly on radio and TV.

Gail also writes comedy books, films and stage plays. Her coming-of-age book, Give Me A Chance, is about her teenage times with John Lennon, based on her true story of sneaking into John and Yoko’s Bed-In for peace to get an interview for her school newspaper when she was 16 and becoming lifelong friends.

www.gailrenard.com

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Paul Jomain
Head of Design / Puppet creator

Top puppet creator for stage, television and film.

Paul’s TV includes The Jim Henson Company’s Mopatop’s Shop, The Hoobs (BAFTA Award) and The Scissor Sisters at The Brits.

Paul has also worked on Thomas the Tank Engine, The Spooks of Bottle Bay, Roger And the Rottentrolls as well as Disney’s Bunnytown, Five Minutes More, Disney’s Roadhog and also the famous PG Tips Monkey.

Paul’s films include The Jim Henson Creature Shop’s The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as part of the team who created Marvin the Paranoid Android, and The Muppets Most Wanted.

In the theatre he worked for Cameron Mackintosh on Avenue Q, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Oliver, Martin Guerre and Hey Mr Producer.   For the RSC – The Relapse, Three Hours After Marriage, School for Scandal.   For Limelight –  Peppa Pig’s Party and Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt.

Paul has also worked on The Sydney Opera House’s Manon Lescault, Radio City Music Hall’s The Boy From Oz,  Whistle Down the Wind and the New York Metropolitan Opera’s- Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

www.pauljomain.biz

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Susan Pleat
Head of Development / Writer

Susan is a writer and co-creator of Pipkins’.

As well as Pipkins, Susan wrote for the children’s television series, Let’s Pretend. Susan’s single plays for television include Mary, Mary and The Silver Collection. She’s contributed to a wide variety of drama series’ including Within These Walls, Angels and Juliet Bravo.

Susan was a long term member of the writing team for Coronation Street and Brookside. More recently she has written music theatre for children and for children to perform. Titles are In the Beginning, The Pyramid, Dragon, Green Lady, Talking Drum and Gouache In The Night Sky.

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Robert Taylor
Head of Legal / Writer

The only lawyer who has also written for ChuckleVision.

Robert has also written three series of the BBCTV children’s series Out of Tune, starring James Corden, and Coronation Street’s Jane Danson.

Robert’s legal practice deals with drafting and negotiating creative, talent and production contracts in TV, film, and theatre. He also handles investment and project structuring. Robert has a strong interest in new media and has advised numerous start-up internet companies in sectors ranging from eBooks to fashion.

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Emma Stone
Head of Production / Business Manager

Producer for HIT entertainment and The Jim Henson Company.

Emma has worked on Mopatop’s Shop, and The Hoobs for The Jim Henson Company.   Angelina Ballerina for HIT Entertainment and many others including a substantial number of programmes for Endemol.

She began her career working for the BBC on Only Fools and Horses, Birds of a Feather, Blue Peter, Top of the Pops, and Noel’s House Party. Emma will be looking after the day-to-day running of the company and the production of Monty & Co.

We’ve shot the first series and now we’re moving to the next stage.

Scraps and Eddie in the workshop

If you want to know more about our plans please contact us.

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