George Jesse Turner biography

George Jesse Turner grew up in Southport and after working for a computer company he joined Mancunian Films in 1963. He subsequently joined Granada Television and became a camera assistant in the World In Action unit in 1966. So began a long association with the programme with George shooting the principal footage for some 600…

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George Turner on his early days at Granada

So we did lots of news stories and it could be everything, you know. Some pretty horrible stories, mine disasters in North Wales. Obviously what we didn’t know was… leading on to things like the ‘Moors murders’, and that was… We did two or three days a week, we’d drive to Leeds on a Wednesday…

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George Turner on the ethics in filming

Did you ever feel that we were exploiting people? Well it depends who they were. Some of them probably deserved to be exploited, I would say! [laughs] No, I mean I think at the end of if you’ve got two ways to look at it. You’ve got obviously the professional people like politicians and things…

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George Turner on some of the memorable World in Action programmes he worked on

There’s no one favourite programme, and that sounds slightly glib because, you know, the variety of the programmes was so varied from, you know, spending time with ministers through to spending it with people who’d got illnesses, thalidomide being one of the cases, but, you know, people that had struggles in life, I’m thinking mainly…

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George Turner on his work on the Up series

We’ve obviously just been talking about the World in Action series, which I’m obviously very proud to have been involved with for as long as I was; ’66 to 1998 was a long time. Alright, there were a few little diversions off it for different programmes, one of which was the Up series. It started…

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George Turner comments on changing technology

I wondered how the changes in technology have affected your role. Has it made it easier? I think it’s a journey that’s taken place over very nearly fifty years. So when I embarked, and talking about cameras that weighed over 42 lbs. and were powered by 12 volt car batteries and things like that, and…

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George Turner on filming distressing scenes

You were talking about filming in war zones and seeing very traumatic events. Did that take an emotional toll on you? Because obviously, it was probably physically tiring during that, but you recover from that, but seeing those kind of things and having to film them? Well I think that it’s interesting now when you…

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