Jacki Turner biography

Jacki Turner joined Granada in 1966, initially as secretary to Barrie Heads, who was Head of Outside Broadcasting and Current Affairs programmes. Within 18months she began her training as a Production Assitant and went on to work on a wide range of programmes, including dramas and documentaries. She particularly enjoyed working on period dramas such…

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Jacki Turner’s Granada memories

Below are Jacki Turner’s memories of her career at Granada TV.  These were written by Jacki, rather than recorded as an interview. The other entries under her name are excerpts from this account. JACQUELINE MAJORIE STOTT/HARDING/TURNER – GRANADA MEMORIES Up to 1965 I’d been working as a secretary in an engineering company in Blackburn. I nearly…

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Jacki Turner on how she joined Granada TV

Jacki Turner in studio with Johnnie Hamp and Phil Casson. Up to 1965 I’d been working as a secretary in an engineering company in Blackburn. I nearly married a colleague but then realised in a panic that I’d done nothing with my life and was not ready to settle down so I took myself off…

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Jacki Turner’s memories of Coronation Street and its artistes

The first drama that everyone had to cut their teeth on was Coronation Street and I first worked on this iconic programme in 1969. In those days we recorded two black and white episodes a week. This meant that any outside film/VT was recorded on a Monday then everyone rehearsed Tuesday and Wednesday morning in…

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Jacki Turner talks about working on A Family at War and Sam

I loved period drama and in the early 70s A Family At War, written by John Finch, was my first drama series. We would shoot most of each episode in studio and then go to various locations to shoot outdoor sequences and reconstructed events. My most memorable episode was filming in Llandudno – David, one…

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Jacki Turner remembers working on Staying On in India

In the early 80s Granada planned to shoot Jewel in the Crown, much of it on location in India. Prior to this they decided to make a film based on the book Staying On about life of the English Raj and how they headed for the hills in the heat of the summer. This would…

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Jacki Turner remembers working on Game, Set & Match

Jacki Turner is at the far left of this photo with other members of the crew during filming in Berlin. In 1986/87 I started a project that would tie me up for a year – it was 13 episodes of three Len Deighton novels, Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match. Len had originally planned to…

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Jacki Turner remembers the Hollywood stars on All For Love

This photo shows members of the cast and crew from this production with jacki Turner in the centre. Another All for Love I worked on was shot mainly in the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. The story was that a pair of lovers met regularly in a very large Victorian hotel bathroom and had hanky panky! This…

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Jacki Turner on working with the footballer, Kenny Dalglish

Scully was a six part series about a Liverpool schoolboy called Scully who was obsessed by Liverpool Football Club and its star Kenny Dalglish. We filmed most of it around Manchester in the middle of winter and one night I was asked to travel with Kenny in his car to make sure he knew how…

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Jacki Turner on the ‘Up’ series

This photo shows Jacki Turner on the left with two participants from the series, Jackie Bassett and Jackie McKinney. In 1992 I was asked to work on an important project called the ‘Up’ Series. This was started in 1964 when the World in Action team interviewed a cross section of children at 7 years old. This…

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Jacki Turner on leaving Granada in 1991

I took voluntary redundancy/early retirement at the age of 50 in 1991. The writing was on the wall that things were on the change in ITV. This was proved when in 1992 almost three-quarters of script supervisors were made redundant – they only kept on the girls who would act up as Production Managers etc.…

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