Her early career, as a journalist, began on music magazines and continued through features, humorous columns and star interviewers for major newspapers and magazines. She is still a popular humorous newspaper feature writer, speaker and broadcaster, contributing travel features to the Sunday Telegraph and thinks pieces to many nationals, most frequently the Daily Express. Her grand opus, the paperback MEN – A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE was published by Thorson's
The turbulent early years of living together with Jan’s son and daughter from her first marriage was the inspiration for the series which was established on radio (four series, 31 episodes) before transferring to LWT (5 series, 49 episodes) with original cast: James Bolam, Lynda Bellingham, Julia Sawalha.
The series won the Silver Medal at the New York Festivals on two consecutive years.
NEXT OF KIN, their first BBC TV series starring Penelope Keith and William Gaunt as reluctant grandparents ran to three successful series and is still extremely popular world-wide.
Their most recent work includes:
THE CHANGE – a six-part series, starring Lynda Bellingham, Chris Ellison and Sylvia Syms – began on BBC Radio 4 in November 2001. A third series will transmit in November 2004.
DUCK PATROL (LWT) Which in 1998 attracted the highest ITV sitcom audience since 1995, is about the River Police and filmed entirely on the Thames (starring Richard Wilson)
FAITH IN THE FUTURE for LWT – Won Best ITV Comedy at the British Comedy Awards ’97. – 3 series starring Lynda Bellingham, Julia Sawalha and Jeff Rawle.
STARRY,STARRY NIGHT – a stage play – is in pre-production.
BETTER OFF DEAD – a film for ITV, is currently being written.
Now that son and daughter – both journalists – have left home, Jan and Gavin live with two loopy English Setters on the riverside near Hampton Court. Daughter, Lucy, has made Jan a grandmother (twice) and Jan’s displacement activities include swimming, tap dancing, juggling with oranges – all to build up the muscles necessary to get the carry cot into the back of the car.