Luise Fitzwalter (Nandy) – biography

Luise Fitzwalter (formerly Nandy) joined Granada Television in 1983 as a researcher and remained with the company for ten years until she was sacked. During that period she worked on local programmes as a researcher and later as a producer on What The Papers Say and Union World. She was also editor of regional news…

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Luise Fitzwalter on how she came to join Granada

Well, we moved moved to Manchester because my then husband Deepak Nandy became the deputy chief executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), which had just been set up. And as a result of him taking on this equal opportunities role, I lost my job in London. So the deal was, have a baby, and…

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Luise Fitzwalter describes her Granada career

I made a big pitch at my interview about children’s programmes, because inevitably I was a mother and I sat and watched this ghastly stuff. And I didn’t realise that Steve Leahy was just about to revamp the children’s department. And I was promised that I could work in children’s, but it didn’t happen, of…

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Luise Fitzwalter describes the innovation on Open House

We created something called Open House for North West Parliament, which was a brilliant idea where we used the House of Commons set that Granada had and we invited local MPs from the north west, and the retired deputy speaker who lived in the north west, and they debated issues like education, health etc. They…

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Luise Fitzwalter on the end of her Granada career

Let’s just continue with your career, to where your career ends at Granada. Huh. Right, well… I suppose I’m still very angry about it. What happened to Ray particularly. I think two people suffered the most from the whole debacle when Gerry came in, Gerry Robinson and Charles Allen, and one was Plowright and one…

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Luise Fitzwalter on the change of culture at Granada

Apparently Charles Allen, when he gave this presentation to the board, said, “What you do,” and this is what they used to do on Granada’s… and this is hearsay, I heard this story ……“What you do is you squeeze the client, as it were, until the pips squeak. And if, when they start complaining that…

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Luise Fitzwalter on the great pool of talent at Granada

The great thing about Granada, as I said, was the great can-do attitude, and they had this phrase, “Let’s do some mischief.” So that that was hugely exciting and creative. But the biggest thing about Granada was the pool of talent. And you never got trained, but what you did was you worked with the…

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Luise Fitzwalter on Granada’s cultural identity

Do you feel that Granada was more than just a television company in terms of its cultural identity? It wanted to be. I had an argument when I was on news with the powers that be because I said that I thought all our reporters should have a northern accent, a north west accent of…

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