Granada Television was founded in 1954 by Lord Bernstein and began transmitting in 1956 to the North of England. It has been broadcasting to the nation ever since. Its heyday was probably in the period between 1960 until 1990 when the Broadcasting Act led to significant changes to the shape of British broadcasting. During this period Granada produced some of the finest television of its day including Brideshead Revisted, World In Action, What the Papers Say, Seven Up, Coronation Street and The Jewel In The Crown. During the 1980s The New York Times described Granada as ‘the finest television company in the world.’
The aim of this project is to begin collecting the memories of those who worked for Granada at its Manchester, London and Liverpool offices between 1956 and 1990. These interviews will include presenters, producers, researchers, directors, camera operators, stagehands, production assistants, accountants and many others who worked for the company. In particular, the project hopes to collect memories from the earlier years as many of these people are now elderly. If their memories are not collected soon they will be lost forever.
The project interviewers, Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, are experienced oral historians with specialist knowledge both of oral history and of Granada Television. They have written numerous books based on oral history, including an oral history of ‘Coronation Street’ and were both employed by Granada Television during the 1980s. So far more than 80 interviews have been conducted and the intention is to record even more interviews although this will be dependent on continued funding.
The project is being funded by the Manchester Centre for Regional History at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Granada Foundation, and the Royal Television Society’s Shiers Trust. Jules Burns has also made a very generous donation. As each interview is carried out, it will be transcribed and archived at Manchester Metropolitan University and on this website so that they will be available to researchers and the general public. We will also endeavour to collect photographs and other memorabilia, which will be similarly archived.