Rick Bacon: 1987 – Salford Sitcom Showcase

Date - 23 November, 2012, All News Comedy Television

Rick Bacon plays Francis Sanderson in 1987 for Hartswood Films as part of the 2nd BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase. Set in 1987 and created by stand-up comic and writer Mark Watson, the sitcom follows the lives of the Jones family in South Wales as they prepare for the arrival of the English in the neighbourhood. The Sandersons appear to have it all: microwave, celebrity connections, beautiful daughter and dimmer switches. The Jones family have a forgetful grandfather, an awkward son and a brand new chandelier. Jones senior wants to watch his all-important rugby match, but his wife has other ideas – as indeed does Jones junior. The Sandersons lay on a buffet as battle commences.

The Salford Sitcom showcase is a live event, held at the BBC’s new Manchester base, & sees experienced comic actors performing scripts in front of executives, with the aim being to discover potential new studio-based sitcoms for the corporation’s TV channels.

Last year’s inaugural scheme was deemed a success, and led to two commissions. The first series of Citizen Khan was shown on BBC One earlier in the year, with a second series now ordered. The second of the sitcoms, Hebburn, is currently airing as a six-part series on BBC Two.


Rick Bacon's extensive screen credits include Alabama, Da Vinci's Demons, The Poison Tree, Cuckoo, The Silent and The Damned for Mammoth Screen, The Bible, New Tricks, The Queen, Being Human, The Canterbury Tales, The Last Flight to Kuwait, The Guilty, Downton Abbey and the award winning Cape Of Good Hope.

On stage he has worked for The Salisbury Playhouse, Northampton Royal and Derngate and Nottingham Playhouse.

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