Brian Cannon

Just outside Wigan town centre sits the spot immortalised by George Orwell in the title of his book The Road to Wigan Pier - the joke being that there never really was a Wigan Pier, only a modest jetty used for unloading barges and given its misleading title by Wigan-born entertainer George Formby. But there is a pub: once a Victorian warehouse, now, inevitably, called The Orwell, and as Microdot is currently renovating a new and still-chaotic studio, it's here that Brian Cannon meets us for a sunny lunchtime spent reflecting on his company's first 21 years and his plans for the future.

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