Granada’s extensive and diverse catalogue is noted below and comprises of ten of the UK’s major commercial television brands: Anglia TV, Border TV, Granada TV, HTV Network, LWT, Meridian, Partridge Films, Survival Anglia, Tyne Tees TV and Yorkshire TV.
Granada’s programming is drawn from a rich broadcasting history dating back to the first day of transmission in 1956 and includes the specialist and widely recognised wildlife and natural history collection, Survival. Featuring such broadcasting luminaries, as Sir David Frost, Michael Apted and Melvyn Bragg, the Granada catalogue is well known for high quality dramas including classics such as; Upstairs, Downstairs, showcasing life and class distinction during the early 20th Century, Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Prime Suspect, A Touch of Frost and productions such as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Dancing on Ice, This Morning, Coronation Street and The Tube.
The Granada archive contains some of the most well known and famous British television ever produced with over 120,000 hours of diverse programming strands and associated material covering every strand of entertainment, from music to drama, documentaries, arts, news, personalities, wildlife and stock shots.
Granada News material of interest
Serial Killers: Myra Hindley, The Moors Murderer: Britain’s most infamous female serial killer. And HaroldShipman – a British general practitioner who was the most prolific known serial killer in the history of Britain
Alder Hey Hospital – organ scandal: In October 1999 revelations of three children’s hospitals in the UK who had been harvesting hearts, lungs, brains and other organs from dead babies without their parents’ consent
1996 bombing in Manchester: At a peak shopping time on Father’s Day, a 3,000lb IRA bomb exploded in Manchester, injuring more than 200 people and ripping into the fabric of the city’s main shopping centre
Beatles: Comprehensive footage of the Fab Four throughout their careers including their early years, fans, footage of their travel around the world, the famous bed-in with John and Yoko Ono
Paul Burrell Affair: Footage of Burrell, the butler for Diana, Princess of Wales, who was accused of stealing items belonging to the Princess
Granada Programming highlights
World in Action was an investigative current affairs series produced from 1963 to 1998. It frequently took risks that other investigative reports did not and gained a reputation for unorthodox thinking and campaigning journalism
The South Bank Show is a British television arts magazine show presented by Melvyn Bragg, broadcast by LWT and seen in over 60 countries including the USA. Its stated aim is to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience. It first aired on 14 January 1978 with a show about Germaine Greer, Gerald Scarfe and Paul McCartney. It is now the longest continuously running arts program on UK television. It has been received over 110 awards including 12 BAFTAs, 6 Emmys, 5 Prix Italia and 4 RTS awards. The South Bank Show features key directors on staff. Sir David Lean once said “The best directors in Britain are working on The South Bank Show.” Directors who have made South Bank Show programs include Kim Evans, Andy Harries, Mary Harron, Tony Knox, Ken Loach, Ken Russell and James Ivory