Jim Grant – Transcript

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly , 12 May 2020 So let’s start about how you came to join Granada. Well, for so many of these answers, it’s important to remember it was a long time ago. My first day of work was September 12, 1977, which was so different in every imaginable way, especially for young people.…

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Tim Sullivan

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 28 April 2020. Tim, let’s begin at the beginning. How did you come to join Granada? What was the interviewing process like? Well, I initially… funnily enough, I thought the other day about this, actually. The first person that I met from Granada was a chap called Jerry Hagan, who was…

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Nick Steer

Interviewed by Geoff Moore, April 2019. So, Nick just start us off with pre-Granada. Where did you grow up? Well, I grew up in Cornwall, in the Tamar Valley, very rural, and my father was a market gardener. I went to the local grammar school, which was absolutely tiny. There were, I think, 240 pupils…

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Sita Williams

Interviewed by Geoff Moore, 8 December 2019. So Sita, your early days, your early life. Tell us a bit about that. Well, the reason I got into television was I grew up in Sri Lanka where there was no television. But I heard about someone, through a friend whose son had joined a television company…

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Andrew Quinn

Interviewed by Geoff Moore, 28 March 2019. So Andrew, the early years in your life. You want to tell us a bit where you were brought up and educated, and so on? Right. Well, the very early years, I’m a Scot. I was born on Clydeside in 1937. My father worked in the shipyards. Before…

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Pete Terry

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 15 May 2019. Okay. All right, Pete. As ever with these things, begin at the beginning. How did you come to join Granada Television? I was freelancing in Birmingham, ATV – which no longer exists, of course – in the centre of Birmingham. I got a contract there straight from college.…

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Claudia Milne

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, 5 November 2015. How did you come to join Granada television? What had you been doing beforehand? I’d really done nothing. I’d been at university, dabbled on the student paper but not very much. But I knew that I didn’t want to be a secretary or a teacher,…

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Daphne Hughes

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, 9 May 2019. Okay. Daphne, let’s start at the beginning. How and when did you come to join Granada Television? I joined in August 1980. At the time, I had been working for BBC Radio Merseyside, where I had been very happy for five years. But Chris Carr,…

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Norma Percy

Interviewed by Geoff Moore, 3 April 2019. So Norma, can I just ask you to just tell us a bit about your earlier years and background education, and so on? Right. I grew up in New York, and when it came to go to university, I wanted to get as far as possible from my…

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Dorothy Byrne

Interview conducted by Stephen Kelly, September 20, 2015. How did you come to join Granada? I was working on the Northern Echo and I saw an advert in the Guardian for a researcher. I applied, and I found it very interesting that, when I think back, that this was an advert for the Guardian for…

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Jules Burns

Interviewed by Geoff Moore, 6 December 2018. Before Granada, just tell us a bit about your background. What was your education, and where did you live? I was born here, emigrated to Canada, my family emigrated to Canada. I came back when I was five. Went to prep school and then to Haberdashers’ school and…

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Vanessa Kirkpatrick

Pre-Granada I was a Politics graduate Leeds University. 1978. Professor Ralph Miliband was my tutor and also Head of Department. David and Ed came in a couple of times. To fund my MSc course at University of Bradford, I managed to get a Research Assistant post with the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine Committee. Thousands…

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Jon Savage

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, 11 July 2016. JJ: So let’s start at the beginning. When did you join Granada and how come you joined Granada? I actually joined Granada in April 1979. But I went for the researcher’s board in November ‘78 and my position was that I was living at home…

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Jacki Turner

JACQUELINE MAJORIE STOTT/HARDING/TURNER – GRANADA MEMORIES This is a blog from Jacki 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…

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Chris Kelly

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, 19 May 2017. Let’s start. Chris, at the beginning. Where were you before Granada Television and how did you come to join Granada Television? I was with Anglia Television in Norwich and I had gone there straight from… not quite straight and leaving Cambridge, but I taught French…

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Brian Lapping

Interviewed by Geoff More, 1 November 2018. So before we get onto the Granada time, can you tell us a bit about your background? Well, I was born in 1937. So during the war we were shipped out of London and went to various places in the country to live and got rather well educated,…

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Chris Kerr

Chris Kerr, Granadaland notes, blog Joining Granada was for me a question of being in the right place at the right time. I had started life as a trainee vision mixer at Thames tv followed by a three years as a researcher on the children’s programme Magpie. I had wanted to try life outside telly…

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Claire Lewis

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 1 November 2017. Let’s start at the beginning, Claire. How did you come to join Granada Television? I was a newspaper reporter on the Rotherham Advertiser, believe it or not, in Yorkshire where I lived at the time. South Yorkshire. I had changed my career – I was reluctantly a primary…

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Trevor Hyett

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, 9 March 2017. Let’s talk first about how you came to join Granada. Okay. Basically, I knew Gus MacDonald socially. And I was working for the TV Times and persuaded the features editor – I was doing the billings for the London region, you know, ‘7:00: Crossroads’ kind…

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Luise Fitzwalter

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, 3 May 2017. How did you come to join Granada Television? What was the process of interviewing? Well, we moved moved to Manchester because my then husband Deepak Nandy became the deputy chief executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which had just been set up. And as a…

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Arthur Taylor

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, 10 May 2017. How did you come to join Granada? What had you been doing before that? I was teaching. I was lecturing in further education colleges. I did have a slight connection with Granada in the very, very early days. When I was doing my post-graduate certificate…

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Thelma McGough

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 10 August 2017. Let’s start with your initial contact with Granada. Well, long before I joined I was very familiar with the building, and a lot of the staff before I actually became employed there. In the late 60s, I’d done a fashion show with a friend of mine, we were…

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Kim Horton

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 14 October 2017. Let’s start at the beginning. When did you join Granada, and how did you come to join Granada? I think I should start by saying that I grew up in Australia, and probably had not much of an idea about what Granada stood for and what sort of…

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Eric Harrison

Interviewed by Judith Jones and Stephen Kelly, 21 March 2017. Starting at the very beginning Eric, can you tell me how did you come to be employed at Granada? Well, I was working at the BBC in television in the north region, I was a general assistant as they call them, in other words cameraman,…

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Phil Griffin

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 8 September 2016. Let’s start with how you came to work for Granada. My first job after university was at Piccadilly radio when commercial radio was just getting some its early evolution. Put some years to all these. Yes, of course. In 1974 Piccadilly radio was the second independent station outside…

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Derek Granger

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 28 September 2016. How did you come to join Granada? I was a journalist, and I’d been a provincial journalist on the Sussex Daily News and Evening Argus in Brighton. I’d come out of the war, and I’d come out of the Navy where I was a lieutenant (or NVR? 0:46),…

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Steve Anderson

Interviewed by Geoff Moore, 6 December 2018. So Steve, going back before Granada, just tell us a bit about your background and education and stuff? Yes, well I grew up in a place called Kirkby, which was a big council estate on the outskirts of Liverpool. Newtown. It was where Z Cars was located. They…

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Colin Weston

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 12 September 2016. Let’s begin Colin, with how you came to join Granada. Well, I lived in south London with my parents and I always wanted to get into television, and I used to regularly watch the ITV stations down in London. And I said, “I’d like to do that job,”…

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Mike Beckham

Interviewed by Geoff Moore, 4 November 2015. So, Mike, when did you join Granada? I joined Granada in 1962. I was picked up at university, | was very lucky. I won the NUS Sunday Times drama competition and by great good luck, Derek Granger happened to be in the audience. I’d done a lot of…

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Ann Lewis

Interviewed by Stephen Kelly, 26 January 2014. Cos it was all on the phones. I do think nonetheless that there was some good stuff. I remember I suggested to him, why don’t you get people with gardens and people without gardens and connect them to people who do have gardens and then they can. And…

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