Tony Drinkle – biography

Tony Drinkle joined Granada as a 15 year old boy in April 1956, working in the post room. At that stage Granada was based in Granada House in Water Street. He soon moved into film dispatch where he spent most of the rest of his career. He left Granada in 1989 but returned to work…

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Tony Drinkle describes how he joined Granada

Well, I left school at Christmas in ’55, and I started working at an advertising agency just off Peter Street, you know, brew boy, errands, things like that. And one lunchtime – I used to walk around town, as you do, have a wander around – and this particular day I was walking down Quay…

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Tony Drinkle on working in the post room and film dispatch

Yes. Do you know the names Bill Leather and Graham Wild? Graham Wild I knew, yes. Well, he was already in the post room, he started before I did. And Bill Leather, I think he went to production manager or along those lines. They were both there when I started. Jack, Jack Dardis, who goes…

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Tony Drinkle’s memories of Granada in 1956

Well, we started off in what was called Granada House in Water Street, you know the building in Water Street? It’s now the Royal Bank of Scotland, opposite the college. Because the offices were there, the first studio like where they are now, across from Quay Street, but the next one was the main entrance…

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Tony Drinkle remembers a few cock-ups!

Alan Ringland, he dropped one of the biggest clangers before I started doing it, on 42nd Street, he cut the song out! The… the biggest mistake I might have made, and it was my own fault, was… where the films… you’d have a running time for the film, and especially at weekends or on a…

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Tony Drinkle on the technological changes he has seen

By the end, well before that finished really, everything was being transferred to tape, the features and everything. One particular thing I remember, which probably wouldn’t happen these days, but it’s one of those things that stick in your mind… quite often we wouldn’t get a film until the day it was going out because…

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Tony Drinkle talks about when he left Granada

I left in 1989, just when… it was when the voluntary redundancies… I was 49 at the time, and funnily enough me and Jack Dardis left on the same day as well! We started on the same day in 1956 and left on the same day in 1989. So they were asking for redundancy and…

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