Comedy comes to Coventry City Cent-ha

2012 is set to be a cracking year for the award winning Coventry Conversations lecture series, now in association with Google. The free series of talks with industry professionals is back with a vengeance next Thursday 19th January when comedy mogul Jon Plowman is set to entertain the audience with his talk ‘Ab-Fab- Welcome back Edina and Patsy.’

Plowman is probably best known for his time working as a comedy producer and can be accredited with putting British comedy on the map for his work producing such shows as ‘The Vicar of Dibley’, ‘The Office’, ‘Extras’, ‘Little Britain’ and ‘Absolutely Fabulous’

Oxford educated Plowman, named by the Observer in 2003 as ‘One of the 50 funniest people in Britain’ started his early career working alongside University friend and comedian Mel Smith at the Royal Court Theatre before moving on to a successful career in producing.

He worked as a producer at the BBC before advancing to executive producing during which time he both produced and commissioned numerous in-house BBC comedies, which notably include ‘The Office’ and ‘French and Saunders.’ He then worked his way up to become the BBC’s head of comedy in late 2005 but departed the BBC just two years later after almost three decades at the broadcaster in order to pursue freelance producing.

Written by Amy Haycock

He is just one of the industry professionals scheduled to give students and the general public a firsthand account of the goings on in the world of media in this term.

Upcoming speakers include Adrian Van Klaveren the controller for BBC Five Live on the 26th January, sporting agent Chris Nathaniel who has looks after the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Usain Bolt on the 3rd February, and Vikki Heywood the Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company on the 9th February along with many others.

It is certainly set to be an exciting term for the Coventry Conversations, the two times Cecil Angel Cup winner for enhancing the prestige of Coventry University, as the talks have been split into three categories; media, digital and sports – a nod towards Coventry having the privilege of being one of the 2012 Olympic host cities. All talks are set to take place at 1pm either in the Ellen Terry Building or Square One in The Hub, both situated on Jordan Well.

John Mair, organiser of the Coventry Conversations said;

“We are really excited to have such a fantastic line up over the next couple of months. Since starting in 2006 the talks have gone from strength to strength and hopefully next week’s Conversation with Jon Plowman will offer students and the public and informative and entertaining look at what it is like working with some of the biggest names at the forefront of comedy, and commissioning some of the biggest shows!”

One thing is for certain, if Plowman’s past credentials are anything to go by, Thursdays Coventry Conversation promises to give a unique insight into what it takes to make a successful comedy series.

The talk will be taking place at 1pm in ETG34, Ellen Terry, Jordan Well. Entry is completely free and open to everyone, not just students from the University.


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