Saturday 16 May
- We were sad to learn of the death in April 2020 for former Granada employee Neil Parker. Neil was a Broadcast Engineer who became known as a ‘Colourist’ or colour grader, in the early nineties. He worked on a range of programmes at Granada including True Romance, Best Boys, Moll Flanders and The Street and later on some of the most significant UK dramas produced in the last decade.
Monday 11 May
- We have just recorded an interview with Paul Greengrass which hopefully will be uploaded onto the website in a few weeks’ time. In the interview Paul talks about working with Paul Doherty, his World In Action programme on Louis Edwards and Manchester United, and being air bombed by Israeli jets in Palestine.
- Dorothy Byrne recently appeared on Desert Island Discs and talked at length about her days at Granada. You can hear her choice of records on the BBC website.
- We are sad to report the death of John Hesketh after a long illness. John was a sound engineer working for much of his Granada career out of the Liverpool office. With his tweed jackets and pipe, John was a memorable character at Exchange Flags and the Albert Dock. Our condolences to his wife, Sandra Greenwood, who also worked at Granada for many years.
- The recent death of Little Richard brought to mind the famous gig he did at Granada in November 1963. Produced by Johnnie Hamp the show featured a live audience dancing and standing around his piano and is generally regarded not only as ground breaking but one of the greatest TV rock and roll concerts ever screened. It was transmitted in January 1964 and can be viewed below.
Thursday 30 April
- We have been working hard over the last few weeks to upload the transcripts and audio of all of the interviews that we have conducted so far for Granadaland.
- Interviews with Daphne Hughes, Sita Williams and Nick Steer have now been added to our pages. Our thanks to all three of them for agreeing to take part.
- We have just recorded an interview with director Tim Sullivan. Hopefully this will be uploaded in the coming weeks and will be posted on the website – watch this space!
- Congratulations to Derek Granger, producer of Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel in the Crown, on recently reaching his 99th birthday. You can read more about his fascinating life and career in the interviewees section of this website.
- We were sad to learn of the death in February this year of producer Brian Armstrong, aged 86. Brian joined the company in 1958 and was with Granada for over 30 years, working as a producer on Coronation Street, World In Action, What the Papers Say, The Cuckoo Waltz and the 1988 drama Game, Set and Match. He was probably the only person to work as a senior producer in factuals, locals, comedy and drama departments. Our condolences to his wife Christine and family. An obituary of Brian appeared in The Guardian.
- We are also sad to report the death of cameraman Mike Popley. Mike worked as a cameraman on a wide range of Granada programmes from locals to World In Action. Always a popular character Mike would take huge risks in order to get the best shots, usually while the director wasn’t looking ! He will be much missed, particularly by Judy his wife, who also worked at Granada for many years.
- Barry Hairsine also sadly died on 20th April in Salford Royal Hospital of Covid-19. He had been in hospital for two weeks after returning from Cyprus on a ‘rescue’ flight. Barry was a cameraman with BBC Manchester and later moved to Granada where he became a Lighting Director and lit Coronation Street. Our condolences to his wife Dianne.