Don Jones on the special atmosphere of Granada in Liverpool

Let me just ask you something about the Liverpool Manchester thing, since we ought to touch on it. Am I right, it was set up by Plowright as a franchise-winning idea – it looked good to have not just Manchester but Liverpool also contributing to the output of Granada.

I don’t really know about that. The Liverpool thing was all set up before my time so I don’t really know about it, but I do know that it was really nice going over to Liverpool to work because it was a very close-knit group of people. And they were extremely welcoming and friendly and everybody was great mates, from the canteen ladies to the… everybody who worked in the building knew each other really well.

This was the Albert Dock?

No, this was at Exchange Flags, before the Albert Dock. I think that carried on at the Albert Dock. You know, it was a really nice place to be.

And Liverpool had to go for commercial reasons in the end, was it just too expensive?

I don’t know really. The Albert Dock was still up and running when I was last working at Granada. It got closed down after I left, so I don’t really know about all that. I know the Albert Dock was expensive, and in the end they thought, we don’t need it. But it was nice; I really enjoyed working in Liverpool.

You really enjoyed your time at Granada then?

Yeah. Really happy memories. It was a great place to work and I don’t think there was ever a point when I didn’t think it was a great place to work. I’m sure we all moaned about all sorts of stuff through different times, but I think the eighties period was just a great time to be there. I’m sure the same applied to the seventies, but my experience in the eighties was just fantastic. Just happy memories, really.

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