Granada Television tribute was a trip down memory’s cobbled street….

ITV’s “Goodbye Granadaland”, a tribute to Granada Television Studios which closed earlier in the year after 56 years, was very much a trip down memory’s cobbled lane, with only passing reference to the original TV cobbled road, Coronation Street!!

Host Peter Kay was joined by a glittering and diverse array of celebrities such as Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Kelly, Shaun Ryder, Sir Michael Parkinson and Paddy McGuinness.

In a similar vein to the BBC’s tribute to BBC TV Centre, as it’s doors closed for the last time back in March, this programme was a little less deferential and self regarding, in keeping with it’s blunt, Mancunian northern roots!!

Granada Television’s output was very diverse, oscillating between the imperial grandeur and opulence of “Brideshead Revisited” and “Jewel In The Crown” to the downright gritty, working class “Comedians” and “Wheeltappers & Shunters Social Club”, both of which had their origins firmly planted in the Northern social club scene. And of course, the Granada Television flagship and greatest soap of all, “Coronation Street” epitomises good honest working class Northern England, like no other television programme.

Let’s remember the halcyon days of Granada Television –

Best Granada Television Drama

Brideshead Revisited

Best Granada Television Sitcom

Brass

Best Granada Television Light Entertainment Programmes

The Comedians

Best Granada Television Current Affairs Programme

World In Action

 

Which are your all time favourite Granada Television Programmes / Shows and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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