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One of the pioneers of Blighty’s TV indie sector is quitting after two decades at the helm of Hat Trick.

Denise O’Donoghue, who co-founded the outfit in 1986 with Jimmy Mulville, will ankle in January.

“Hat Trick has been a major part of my life, and I have loved it, but now it is time for something different,” she said. “What that will be I have no idea — which is something of a novelty I intend to enjoy.

O’Donoghue, who keeps a low in-dustry profile, made more than £11 million ($20 million) two years ago when she sold half her Hat Trick stake to private equity firm Kleinwort Capital.

Best known for its comedy and en-tertainment shows, Hat Trick’s U.S. successes include “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “The Kumars at No 42.”

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