About Jellylegs - TV Production Company

About Jellylegs

Jellylegs Productions is an independent TV company set up and run by award winning writers Craig Cash and Phil Mealey.

Our main objective at Jellylegs is to develop and produce quality comedy and drama for TV.

We want to build Jellylegs’ reputation as a home for nurturing new British writing talent, whilst teaming up with the best of the UK's established comedy and drama writers and production teams. We offer our hands on expertise and advice to those writers we take into development.

The Team

The 80's

Craig Cash first rose to prominence in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with his radio programme on cult south Manchester station KFM. It was here he first met and teamed up with Caroline Aherne. They went on to devise and write characters which were to appear on Up Front (Granada TV), The Fast Show (BBC) and The Mrs Merton Show 1994-1998. All series were transmitted to huge critical acclaim, winning several BAFTAs and numerous other industry awards.

Craig and Caroline’s next project, also for the BBC, was a spin off of The Mrs Merton Show called Mrs Merton and Malcolm. Craig co-wrote the script and appeared as Mrs Merton’s son, Malcolm. The characters also featured in a successful series of ads for British Gas, with advertising agency BMP DDB Needham.

1999

In 1999 Craig and Caroline co-wrote the first series of what was to become one of television's most popular situation comedies. The Royle Family, in which Craig appeared as Caroline's on-screen husband, Dave, was hailed as ground-breaking by the critics and proved a huge success with the public. It earned Craig and Caroline an armful of awards, notably from the Comedy Awards, BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and a further two series were made for the BBC.

2001

In 2001 Craig began a new collaboration with his old friend, Phil Mealey. Together they produced Early Doors, a low-key modern classic, taking the dowdy, naturalistic feel of The Royle Family, but placing it in a setting which provided a more eclectic bunch of characters.

Two series were produced, Series 1 in 2003 and series 2 in 2004, with Cash and Mealey appearing in both. Early Doors soon picked up superb reviews and maintained a healthy following, as well as winning the Best Writing Award two years running at The North West Comedy Awards.

The pair then combined with Caroline Aherne again to write the BAFTA award winning The Royle Family The Queen of Sheba in 2006.

2007

In 2007 Craig and his writing partner, Phil Mealey launched the production company, Jellylegs Productions Ltd. The first production for the new company was Sunshine, a comedy drama produced in three one-hour episodes which was first shown in September 2008. As well as receiving considerable critical acclaim, the programme was the only comedy or drama of that year to increase its audience figures week on week.It starred Craig and Phil alongside Steve Coogan and Bernard Hill and was also directed by Craig.

2008

Jellylegs went on to produce The Royle Family The New Sofa for Christmas day 2008 and The Golden Egg Cup for Christmas Day 2009. Craig, Phil and Caroline Aherne came together once again to write these episodes which achieved the highest rated audience figures for any sitcom broadcast in 2008 and 2009.

2010

At the beginning of 2009, Craig’s directing skills were put to use in the field of television advertising following an approach by JWT Advertising Agency. Craig directed two commercials on behalf JWT for Patak’s Indian food company. He followed these up with two more commercials for Mr Kipling with the advertising agency McCann Erickson for 2010.