Company set up by Sidney Bernstein and listed on the Stock Exchange
The Independent Television Authority (ITA) awards Granada the franchise for the North of England. The North of England franchise will be split between North West England and the three Ridings of Yorkshire with each license being seven days a week operations.
Construction begins on Granada studios
December – Denis Forman joins as personnel officer
Sidney and Cecil Bernstein become the first two directors of the Granada TV Network
May 3 – first broadcast
May – Zoo Time with Desmond Morris
October – first drama Shooting Star directed by Silvio Narizzano
November – What The Papers Say first broadcast presented by Brian Inglis, then deputy editor of The Spectator – moved to Channel 4 in 1982 and to BBC in 1990, ending in 2008
November – Look Back in Anger, Drama – Granada claimed an audience of over 4m
November – Death of a Salesman, drama – Bernard Levin ‘the best (production of a) play since ITV began’
April – Man United v Real Madrid, European Cup semi-final, live OB from Old Trafford. First live football on independent television.
June – The Army Game, comedy – ran until 1961
June – Criss-Cross Quiz ran until September 1967
July – People And Places, regional news magazine programme (runs until January 1963)
September – Chelsea At Nine, 60 one-hour weekly international cabaret
February: first by-election result coverage at Rochdale by-election.
May – All My Sons, Drama
March – Searchlight – documentary series – ran for 27 episodes until June 1960 with a mixture of film and debate.
September – Marathon 1959 – general election coverage
November – The Crucible
All Our Yesterdays, originally presented by James Cameron and then Brian Inglis (1961) running until 1973 – each programme looked back at events in the same week 25 years earlier.
December – Coronation Street begins
Granada’s Annual Report states that the region has the largest number of ITV homes with just on 3 milllion
The Younger Generation – eleven new plays about, written and acted by young people
Bootsie and Snudge – a comedy spin-off from The Army Game that ran until 1964 with a follow-up in 1974
June – You In Your Small Corner, Play of the Week – adaptation of a play by Jamaican-born Barry Reckord and believed to include the first televised interracial kiss on British television.
September – University Challenge first broadcast
October – The Beatles made their television debut on People and Places from Studio Four performing two songs including their new single Love Me Do
Granada building opened, designed by Ralph Tubbs – the first commercial building to be built in Manchester after the Second World War
January – World In Action begins
March – Emmy-winning adaptation of War and Peace – produced by Derek Granger. At nearly three hours long, the production was shown in two parts on the same night either side of the evening news.
Blues and Gospel Train
Little Richard at Granada
Jerry Lee Lewis at Granada
January – The Entertainers – controversial documentary about Northern clubs
The State of the Nation
Mick Jagger on World In Action
Coronation Street – the viaduct disaster
November – Ten Days That Shook The World co-production with Soviet TV on the Russian Revolution
David Plowright becomes Head of Programmes
The Caesars – drama
Nearest and Dearest
August 1968 – Technicians strike forces ITV off the air for several weeks although management manage to launch a temporary ITV Emergency National Service with no regional variations.
April – This is Your Right
Stones in the Park, World In Action
Johnny Cash at St Quentin
A Family At War, 51 part serial (or 52 parts?)
The Lovers, Drama
April – WIA Poulson
May – 27 day strike
Disappearing World begins
Sam – drama
Shabby Tiger – drama
Another Sunday and Sweet FA – drama by Jack Rosenthal
Granada’s nightly news programme is relaunched as Granada Reports. It had previously had a number of different titles, including Northern Newscast, Scene at Six Thirty, Newsview and People and Places.
July – The State of the Nation
October – Granada Reports
Sir Denis Foreman appointed chairman
February – Granada 500 Election programme
October – Granada 500 Election programme
The Nearly Man, drama
April – The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club – Variety show
Arthur Hopcraft’s The Nearly Man – drama
The Cuckoo Waltz
July – So It Goes with Tony Wilson
September – Three Days In Szczecin, drama documentary
November – Reports Action
December – Laurence Olivier Presents. Series of dramas.
December – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
The Krypton Factor
October – Hard Times, drama
Autumn – The Christians, presented by Bamber Gascoigne
April – Granada opens a news base in Liverpool.
Mike Scott appointed deputy programme controller
August – Clouds of Glory – drama scripted by Melvyn Bragg and directed by Ken Russell
Sidney Bernstein retires as chairman and hands over role to his Cecil’s son, Alex
Sir Dennis Foreman appointed chairman
David Plowright appointed managing director
Mike Scott appointed programme Controller
August 1979 ITV strike begins and lasts for ten weeks
Granada 500 Election programme from Bolton
World In Action – the Steel Papers
May – Liverpool studio opens
November – Life for Christine
December – Paul Scott’s Staying On, Drama
The Good Soldier, Drama
Brideshead Revisited, Drama
May – The Queen visits Coronation Street
November – Channel 4 begins broadcasting
King Lear, starring Laurence Olivier
Granada 500, General election special
The Spanish Civil War, six part documentary
The Jewel In The Crown, drama
Regional news operation begins in Albert Dock.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Drama
Birmingham Six, World In Action
August – Albion Market first broadcast
New electronic regional news desk moves to the Dock Office in Liverpool’s Albert Dock.
August – Albion Market cancelled
David Plowright appointed Chairman of Granada TV
February – Granada launches 24-hour broadcasting.
Granada Studio Tours opened
October – This Morning first broadcast
April, Prime Suspect, police drama starring Helen Mirren
Gerry Robinson joins Granada as CEP
Charles Allen become Chief Executive Officer, Granada Television.
David Plowright resigns
Death of Lord Bernstein
Cracker, drama starring Robbie Coltrane, written by Jimmy McGovern
Takeover of LWT
1 October – Granada Sky Broadcasting launches. It is a joint venture between Granada and BSkyB. The four-channel service consists of Granada Plus, showing entertainment programmes from the archives of Granada and its subsidiaries; Granada Good Life is a lifestyle channel split into four segments: Granada Food & Wine, Granada Health & Beauty, Granada TV High Street and Granada Home & Garden; Granada Men & Motors is a channel aimed at men and broadcasts for three hours each night, after Granada Plus; and Granada Talk TV is a daytime-only debate channel.
Hillsborough, drama written by Jimmy McGovern
Takeover of Yorkshire Tyne Tees
Granada Studio Tours closes
April –Tonight With Trevor McDonald begins
July Granada merged with Compass Group to form Granada Compass plc
Demerger with Compass. Granada becomes Granada Ltd
Granada Studio Tours closed
Steve Morrison appointed Chief Executive
February Charles Allen becomes Chief Executive Officer
Blackburn and Chester offices closed
Granada Dock office closed.
Charles Allen steps down.
Move to Media City