Redundancy led to a life as a TV producer

Producer Paul Crompton from Tyldesley with his cameramen on the left, Philip Shotton and Matt David. In the middle Timothy Spall and his wife Shane...
Producer Paul Crompton from Tyldesley with his cameramen on the left, Philip Shotton and Matt David. In the middle Timothy Spall and his wife Shane...
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A TYLDESLEY man is the producer behind the latest TV programme of an acclaimed actor.

Paul Crompton has produced ‘Timothy Spall: All At Sea’ which is on BBC Four on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. And there is also a book out this week called The Voyages Of The Princess Matilda.

A former pupil at St George’s Primary School and Fred Longworth High School, Paul went to college and got a job in engineering, only to see the engineering world collapse.

He said: “I was made redundant from my job as an apprentice sheet metal worker at UKAEA, Risley, after four years at aged just 19. That was a big blow”.

At the same time Paul was also in a band – Sunriser – which had moderate success on the Manchester music scene and ended up working with the team who run a post punk record label called Rabid.

He said: “I filmed some videos with them and we made a documentary on producer Martin Hannett, the man behind the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses etc.

“That gave me the bug for working in TV, which if I’m honest, is an excuse to have fun for a living.

“I moved to London 15 years ago as that’s where TV work was based although in the last 12 months it’s migrating back up north again, which is good.”

Having hired, neighbour, Timothy Spall as narrator on documentaries, when, in between takes the actor would tell him about his life living on a barge on the sea, Paul added: “We went out for a beer and he’d clearly been thinking seriously about letting me film him skippering his way around Britain. All I needed now was a broadcaster, and the BBC instantly commissioned it.

“For the last three years I’ve spent most summers with the Spalls on the sea. It’s been a brilliant experience”.

Paul is currently making a documentary on the remaking of TV series Dallas, on a potential Cutting Edge for Channel 4 and is trying comedy with a fictional comedy character played by stand up comedian Jo Selby. He’s also got a documentary on Ronnie Biggs on Crime and Investigation Channel on April 29.

Married with three children, Paul’s mother Dorothy and father Stewart, still live in Tyldesley along with ‘hundreds’ of uncles, aunties, cousins.