Tin Can Island is a production company committed to creating high quality content for television and digital media. Working in the UK and the US, the company specialises in factual and actuality series, history and science, wildlife and adventure programming.

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How the Wild West was won, with Ray Mears

How the Wild West Was Won
- with Ray Mears BBC4

In this stunning series Ray Mears explores how the awesome wilderness of North America shaped the story of the Wild West. From the rocky heights of America’s mountains to its vast Great Plains and deadly deserts, Ray retraces the journeys of the early pioneers pushing west.

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about us

Tin Can Island is a production company committed to creating high quality content for television and digital media. Working in the UK and the US, the company specialises in factual and actuality series, history and science, wildlife and adventure programming.

Tin Can Island was founded in 2012 by Andrea Cornes who as Creative Director at ITV Studios Norwich originated and / or executive produced a large production slate for major US and UK broadcasters including recently; Animal Cops, Philly Undercover, Zoo Days, Safari Vet School, Lion Country, Cheetah Kingdom, Bait Car, Wild Britain with Ray Mears and Adventurers Guide to Britain.

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Andrea Cornes

Andrea Cornes
Creative Director

Andrea developed ITV Studios Norwich as a department with a reputation for innovative, talent driven programming excellence. A major award winning and international producer of high quality wildlife, science and popular factual programming, the department produced a range of output for US networks including Discovery Networks and National Geographic Channels in the US and ITV, Channel 5, DNI and NGCI in the UK.

Suzanna Bunting

Suzanna Bunting
Production Manager

Suzanna brings a wealth of experience in Production Management to Tin Can Island and says she has earned every one of her grey hairs! No challenge is too great for this PM who has sent crews to all corners of the world. Memorable moments include flying over the Bogside in an army helicopter, filming on set for A Brief History of Time, and driving round the hazardous highways of Houston jet lagged. She is often joined in the office by her black Labrador Tilly who helps soothe away any stresses and strains of day to day production life.

Mike Molloy

Mike Molloy
Production Accountant

Mike has worked in the television industry for over fifteen years and has seen it all. His knowledge of production finance is applied to a wide range of programming formats including chat shows, wildlife documentaries, budgeting, finance and production. Mike is looking forward to some entertaining new projects andworking with some old friends.

Keiran Turner

Keiran Turner
Associate Producer

Keiran works at Tin Can Island as an Associate Producer and has researched and produced a variety of factual programmes for The Science Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic and Channel 5. From wearing real life Harry Potter invisibility cloaks to being pinned down by a rare lion, from whizzing across China on one of the world’s fastest trains to investigating whether elephants really can’t jump - Keiran thrives on sourcing unusual stories and characters.

Tessa O'Neil

Tessa O’Neil
Producer

After deciding against joining MI5, and just six weeks into her career as a researcher, Tessa found herself setting up a programme from the newly-fallen Berlin Wall. Ever since she’s revelled in the extraordinary things TV production demands of her, including herding camels in Suffolk and evading weirdos in ‘Deliverance’ country. As a Series Producer, Producer, Edit Producer and PD she’s done everything from heavyweight political debates to travel shows (great gig!) but in recent years, at Endemol, RDF, Maverick, Twenty Twenty, ITV and STV she’s primarily worked on obs docs and factual/fact ent formats for the US and UK markets.

Clare Bradshaw

Clare Bradshaw
Producer

Clare started her television career in 2001 as a runner at Anglia TV where she went on to produce and direct documentaries including Extraordinary People: Living with Half a Brain for FIVE and The Perverted World of Marc Dutroux for ITV1s Real crime strand. She has series produced several programmes for the US and UK including Philadelphia Animal Cops; Miami Animal cops and Wild Britain with Ray Mears. Her career highlights have been surfing in Hawaii; inspecting bodies in Washington DC morgue and filming a man giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to his pet iguana. Clare joined Tin Can Island in 2013 to produce an episode of ‘Wild West with Ray Mears for BBC 4’.

Beth Sowersby

Beth Sowersby
Producer

Beth has produced shows for the BBC, Ch 4, ITV and Sky. She has a varied background in fact ent, entertainment as well as factual. From working on documentary series such as Teenage Kicks and Road Wars to shows such as Castaway, Hell's Kitchen, Britain's Next Top Model, Road Raja, Take My Mother In Law and The Simpsons Anniversary Special, most of all she's interested in bringing stories to life. She's worked with Andrea on series such as Safari Vet School and Wild West with Ray Mears. When not making TV shows, she's usually found chasing her two young children around, trying to sit down occasionally and making grand plans for various schemes which she 'will' get around to at some point.

Paul O'Grady

Paul O’Grady
Location Manager

Paul has a creative background from studying a degree in Fine Art at Brighton Art College and an MA at Norwich Art School. He has travelled extensively around the world and for over 20 years and has been running a Location and Production Company based in Norfolk. His experience as a Location Manager has been a varied one, for the Film, Television and Fashion Industries. Paul has been with Tin Can Island since its creation last year very much looks forward to continuing to find great locations both in the UK and abroad.

Sian Jones

Sian Jones
Producer

Sian directs, produces and series produces specialist factual and observational documentaries. She loves quirk. Sian has directed prime time films for all the major UK terrestrial channels. Subjects include stalkers in LA, preachers in the pineapple fields of Ghana and a porn couple in Camberwell. An early highlight was being selected as Paul Watson's most promising newcomer at Sheffield Documentary Film Festival; an experience subsequently trumped by attending an awards ceremony in LA where she met Kermit the Frog.
Credits include: Mozart's Missing Manuscript? (BBC 4); How the Wild West Was Won with Ray Mears (BBC 4); Christmas on the Line (Channel 4); My Gay Husband (Channel 4) and Animal Precinct at Ground Zero (Discovery Channels). Series Producer Credits include Animal Precinct Series 1 and Animal Cops San Francisco (Discovery Channels).

contact

Tin Can Island
7 Woolgate Court, St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AP
Telephone: +44 (0)1603 776 900

@tincanislandtv