During a long career in television, Jim Capper was associated with many landmark series, including Doctor Who, When the Boat Comes In, All Creatures Great and Small, Tenko, Bergerac and Lovejoy, as well as some hugely popular soap operas.
He had trained in the theatre – at the Royal Court; the Crucible, Sheffield; the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Chester Gateway Theatre. But he moved to BBC Television in 1978, working first as an assistant floor manager and then achieving promotion to first assistant director.
In 1991, he left television to become a full-time primary school teacher. Five years later, he moved to Chester and, for a time, was location manager and acting production manager for Coronation Street. He also worked on the nostalgic comedy series The Grimleys for Granada Television, as well as Emmerdale for Yorkshire Television.
But he maintained his links with the south and worked on EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Byker Grove, which was set in a youth club, and Grange Hill, centred on a fictional comprehensive school. When Capper, ever resourceful, was without television work, he was employed by a firm delivering cheese around Britain.
A few months ago, he was told he had contracted a rare form of cancer, which was incurable. Edward Pugh, who worked with him on a German drama series for schools, teaching children English, paid tribute: “Jim Capper was brilliant at his job, being organised, effective, personable and with a wonderful sense of humour. With Jim, you knew the job would be done, but it was often completed with a sense of fun and joy.”
Jim Capper, who was born on November 11, 1951, died on July 31, aged 61.
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