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Steve Saul | 11:00 UK time, Monday, 4 April 2011

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Our new comedy-drama Candy Cabs starts tomorrow (9pm on BBC One). To celebrate, writers Johanne McAndrew and Elliot Hope explain the premise behind the writing the show...

When Jane Lush, Executive Producer at Splash Productions (and former BBC Controller) approached us with the idea for a female-only taxi company, we could immediately see the potential for a fun-filled series. Especially when she said the cabs had to be shocking pink - and would probably serve low-cost sparkling wine from a cooler on the back seat and have their own plugged-in hair straighteners. Happy days - chuck a karaoke machine in and you've got every girl's dream!

We wanted to create a show that was feel-good, funny and aspirational, although our ladies are always battling to keep their business afloat and make a living, despite their personal and domestic crises. Basically it would be Auf Wiedersehen Pet for girls.

The key remit was to find that fine balance between pathos and laughs; creating a group of characters an audience will invest in and want to see again and again. Easier said than done - it's by no means an exact science and it doesn't stop with a finished shooting script.

We both feel we've been blessed with a fantastic cast and several pairs of very safe hands throughout the scripting and production process. So hopefully, after all the hard work, there's a little bit of Candy Cabs that everyone can enjoy.

As a comedy writing partnership, we've been working (and living!) together for more than 15 years. Yes, this is madness but there are advantages. You don't have to get dressed (or washed) for work plus you do get to watch loads of daytime telly - all in the name of 'research' of course!

But it's not all about the art of lolling on the couch. Anyone who's ever seen The Shining will know the full horror of being trapped together with nothing more than a family sized bag of mini Twixes and the glow of a blank laptop computer screen to keep you going through the long nights before a deadline looms!

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