Derek Granger: In production with Laurence Olivier

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Saturday 16 July 2pm ST NICHOLAS CHURCH

By Adam Jones

Producer Derek Granger’s long association with Granada Television encompasses everything from the early days of long-running soap Coronation Street to epic drama - most memorably with that classic of the medium, John Mortimer's adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. Over a period of thirteen months (1976 – 1977) Granger co-produced with his Brighton neighbour, Laurence Olivier (Lord Olivier of Brighton), six of the best plays of the 20th century - Harold Pinter’s The Collection, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Houghton’s Hindle Wakes, William Inge’s Come Back Little Sheba, James Bridie’s Daphne Laureola and Eduardo de Filippo’s Saturday, Sunday, Monday. The productions were glittering and co- starred such performers as Alan Bates, Helen Mirren, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward and Joan Plowright. Four years later, again for Granger and Granada, Olivier played Lord Marchmain in Brideshead Revisited. Theirs was a close working relationship: Granger shares the stories behind the collaboration and his friendship with the actor so often described as the greatest of the last century.

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