Obituary: Jim Capper

Jim Capper

Jim Capper, who has died at the age of 61, had a long and illustrious career as a 1st assistant director and location manager.

He was brilliant at his job - being organised, effective, personable, with a wonderful sense of humour. With Jim, you knew that the job would be done, but it was often completed with a sense of fun and joy.

He joined the BBC in 1978 working at BBC TV Centre firstly as an assistant floor manager and then 1st AD. He worked mainly in Drama on Bergerac, Lovejoy, Tenko, Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small, When the Boat Comes In and A Horseman Riding By.

In 1990, on The Sharp End, he met his future wife Sharon. They married in 1993 and in due course welcomed two children, Alice and Jasper.

They moved to Chester in 1996 and for a time he was location manager and acting production manager at Coronation Street. He went on to work as 1st AD on Corrie, The Grimleys, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Byker Grove and Grange Hill.

I had the delight of working with him on a four-part German schools drama series using a German/English crew. Jim's efficient and workmanlike style made it happen on schedule and, armed with his Leatherman and bum bag holding mobile phone and Swiss army knife, the crew knew they were in a safe pair of hands.

He developed a rare form of terminal cancer in recent months. He faced this with amazing resolve and saying that it was the quality of his life with his wife, family and friends that was important and not the quantity of years.

He died in the Countess of Chester hospital, but not before he had told one of the hospital's managers face to face that they should not close the hospital ward he was on.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the tv industry.

Edward Pugh

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