After a decade of producing fringe theatre and coordinating seasons for young people at the Hackney Empire, Coco’s first job in the television industry was as a runner on the runaway success that was ITV’s Love Island, on which she learned the ropes of reality and constructed factual TV. After the rush of casting candidates for game show The Getaway Car, she was delighted that her enjoyment of working on Love Island was not just a fluke and that television was definitely her home.
As well as working on The Voice, she became assistant producer on Dancing on Ice and was delighted to be involved in a show that already had a legacy but one whose image she was able to help refresh. The show was pivotal in Coco learning how live TV worked and because the stakes felt higher, so did the reward. She then returned to Love Island as producer on the programme that made her feel so welcome at the beginning of her career.
Coco’s enthusiasm for working in television knows no bounds and although she would like to work in other genres, reality TV is where her heart lies. She feels that it is so relatable because the subjects represent the viewers and that there is always a connection with what they go through on camera, whether they’re making us laugh or cry. Although it’s not necessarily seen as highbrow, Coco admires BAFTA for recognising the significance of reality TV, as she believes the organisation is the pinnacle of British excellence and is thrilled that she has the opportunity to learn from the best in the business.