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Claire McCarthy

Producer

Specialising in comedy, particularly taking series from development through to transmission, Claire is an experienced producer with over 16 years of credits across single camera, sketch, studio sit-com, development and commissioning. Most recently she produced the critically-acclaimed live Halloween special of Inside No 9 on BBC2; and in 2017 won a BAFTA for Best Comedy for Class Dismissed, a 12 part mockumentary-sketch show that she series produced for CBBC.

Claire has extensive experience of working with both new and established acting, writing and presenting talent; and an in depth knowledge of compliance, editorial and legal issues, especially those concerning public service broadcasters, live transmission and children.

Credits

CAREER HISTORY
Production (role):
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
Company:
King Bert
Project details:
Maternity cover. Developing scripted comedy projects for all major broadcasters.
Production (role):
INSIDE No 9 LIVE (Producer)
Company:
BBC Studios for BBC2
Project details:
1 x 30" Live Halloween Special

Dir. Barbara Wiltshire

Wrs. Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
Starring Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith & Stephanie Cole
Production (role):
AMELIA GETHING PROJECT (Producer)
Company:
CBBC
Project details:
Pilot - 1 x 25" sketch show starring youtuber Amelia Gething

Dir. Scott Peters

Developed the project as a vehicle for Amelia, leading the writing team and establishing the look, style and tone.
Production (role):
WANNABE (Producer)
Company:
Bullion for BBC3
Project details:
4 x 30" single camera comedy starring Lily Brazier, Nick Burns and Jim Howick.

Dir. Ben Murray

Wrs. Lily Brazier & Ben Murray
Production (role):
TIM VINE TRAVELS THROUGH TIME (Producer)
Company:
Baby Cow for BBC1
Project details:
1 x 30" studio sitcom Christmas Special

Dir. Barbara Wiltshire

Wr. Tim Vine
Production (role):
BBC COMEDY COMMISSIONING (Commissioning Editor)
Company:
BBC
Project details:
As part of Shane Allen's team Claire looked after a broad slate of projects, from initial script development through to tasters, pilots and commissioned series.

Slate includes: The Ronnie Barker Lecture with Ben Elton (BBC1);
Tracey Breaks the News (BBC1);
Wannabe (BBC3);
Man Like Mobeen (BBC3)

As well as this Claire executive produced the Salford Sitcom Showcase, overseeing all aspects of the event from set design to running the show on the night.
Production (role):
THE SALFORD SITCOM SHOWCASE (Exec Producer)
Company:
BBC
Project details:
Northwest comedy showcase event featuring a staged read starring Sian Gibson (Fudge Park) and a Q&A with Diane Morgan.
Production (role):
CLASS DISMISSED (Series Producer/ Writer)
Company:
CBBC
Project details:
Series 1 & 2

Dir. Damian Farrell & Tracey Rooney
Starring Richard David Caine & Ellie White
Production (role):
CLASS DISMISSED PILOT & CBBC Development (Producer)
Company:
CBBC
Project details:
Developed and produced the pilot of Class Dismissed from original treatment through to scripted commission of 12 episodes

Developed ideas for new programmes and returning series.

Worked up formats, attached talent, produced sizzle reels and pitched to the commissioner.
Production (role):
CHRIS MOYLES COMEDY EMPIRE (Producer)
Company:
BBC Comedy for BBC1
Project details:
Dir. Julia Knowles

Live at the Apollo style standup event hosted by Chris Moyles
Production (role):
CHRIS RAMSEY'S COMEDY FRINGE (Edit Producer)
Company:
BBC Comedy for BBC3
Project details:
Dir. Darren Sole

1 x 60" version of the BBC's Edinburgh coverage.
Production (role):
RAW TALENT AT THE MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL (Producer)
Company:
ABC Australia for ABC1
Project details:
Dir. Marie Davies

Live TX of the RAW Talent competition
Production (role):
STUDIO 3 (Producer)
Company:
ABC Australia for ABC3
Project details:
Executive Producer Jan Stradling

T4-style wraparound show for teenage audience.

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
    Company: King Bert
    Project details: Maternity cover. Developing scripted comedy projects for all major broadcasters.
  • Production (role): INSIDE No 9 LIVE (Producer)
    Company: BBC Studios for BBC2
    Project details: 1 x 30" Live Halloween Special

    Dir. Barbara Wiltshire

    Wrs. Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith
    Starring Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith & Stephanie Cole
  • Production (role): AMELIA GETHING PROJECT (Producer)
    Company: CBBC
    Project details: Pilot - 1 x 25" sketch show starring youtuber Amelia Gething

    Dir. Scott Peters

    Developed the project as a vehicle for Amelia, leading the writing team and establishing the look, style and tone.
  • Production (role): WANNABE (Producer)
    Company: Bullion for BBC3
    Project details: 4 x 30" single camera comedy starring Lily Brazier, Nick Burns and Jim Howick.

    Dir. Ben Murray

    Wrs. Lily Brazier & Ben Murray
  • Production (role): TIM VINE TRAVELS THROUGH TIME (Producer)
    Company: Baby Cow for BBC1
    Project details: 1 x 30" studio sitcom Christmas Special

    Dir. Barbara Wiltshire

    Wr. Tim Vine
  • Production (role): BBC COMEDY COMMISSIONING (Commissioning Editor)
    Company: BBC
    Project details: As part of Shane Allen's team Claire looked after a broad slate of projects, from initial script development through to tasters, pilots and commissioned series.

    Slate includes: The Ronnie Barker Lecture with Ben Elton (BBC1);
    Tracey Breaks the News (BBC1);
    Wannabe (BBC3);
    Man Like Mobeen (BBC3)

    As well as this Claire executive produced the Salford Sitcom Showcase, overseeing all aspects of the event from set design to running the show on the night.
  • Production (role): THE SALFORD SITCOM SHOWCASE (Exec Producer)
    Company: BBC
    Project details: Northwest comedy showcase event featuring a staged read starring Sian Gibson (Fudge Park) and a Q&A with Diane Morgan.
  • Production (role): CLASS DISMISSED (Series Producer/ Writer)
    Company: CBBC
    Project details: Series 1 & 2

    Dir. Damian Farrell & Tracey Rooney
    Starring Richard David Caine & Ellie White
  • Production (role): CLASS DISMISSED PILOT & CBBC Development (Producer)
    Company: CBBC
    Project details: Developed and produced the pilot of Class Dismissed from original treatment through to scripted commission of 12 episodes

    Developed ideas for new programmes and returning series.

    Worked up formats, attached talent, produced sizzle reels and pitched to the commissioner.
  • Production (role): CHRIS MOYLES COMEDY EMPIRE (Producer)
    Company: BBC Comedy for BBC1
    Project details: Dir. Julia Knowles

    Live at the Apollo style standup event hosted by Chris Moyles
  • Production (role): CHRIS RAMSEY'S COMEDY FRINGE (Edit Producer)
    Company: BBC Comedy for BBC3
    Project details: Dir. Darren Sole

    1 x 60" version of the BBC's Edinburgh coverage.
  • Production (role): RAW TALENT AT THE MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL (Producer)
    Company: ABC Australia for ABC1
    Project details: Dir. Marie Davies

    Live TX of the RAW Talent competition
  • Production (role): STUDIO 3 (Producer)
    Company: ABC Australia for ABC3
    Project details: Executive Producer Jan Stradling

    T4-style wraparound show for teenage audience.