When Shane was... Jeff

When Shane was... Jeff

Clearing out a dark corner of the office, I was very surprised to find a folder stuffed with a dog-eared copy of the first draft of the first script of what was to become Shane the Chef, along with print-outs of some very early character sketches by my co-creator, Andrew Wildman. I thought I’d shredded all my hard copies of this stuff when we wrapped series 1.

I was even more surprised when I saw the date: 2004. Which makes Shane older than my eldest child.

Looking back, it’s probably a good thing that, when I sent the script over to Andrew, I had no inkling of the long, winding and thoroughly twisty-turny road – three options, three times as many near misses and a name change – that lay between us and Shane’s debut on C5’s Milkshake (where he’s still cooking), fourteen years later.