Despite not wanting to give too much away about the average age of the team here at Skout PR we do have a bit of a thing for the 1980s. That’s why we were excited to hear that the creator of one of the decades best children’s TV shows – Danger Mouse – has returned to its Manchester roots!
That’s another great piece of B2B PR for the North West. DM and Penfold’s secret base may have been under a pillar box in central London, but their home was firmly in Manchester. According to the MEN, Cosgrove Hall Productions was shut down by its then owner ITV in 2009, but was reformed as Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick, or CHF, in 2011. The company has just taken space in Didsbury’s Towers Business Park. Its Macclesfield-based MD Simon Hall said 40 jobs for animators or graphic designers have been generated immediately, with a further 70 to follow in the next six months.
Back in the heyday of animated crime fighting rodents Cosgrove Hall was based in Chorlton – hence one of its other creations was Chorlton and the Wheelies. And of course Danger Mouse’s voice was provided by David Jason, who is now a non-executive director at CHF. Speaking to the MEN Simon Hall said, “We are aiming to bring British humour back to the screen and are looking forward to bringing new people in…The north west of England, especially with MediaCity, has a huge talent pool of trained people so it ticks all the boxes. Our shows will sell around the world which will provide revenue streams for the area. And we are forecasting £50m turnover in the next four years.”