Goodbye Granadaland

ITV Entertainment / Shiver for ITV   |   UK

Fronted by self-confessed Granada addict Peter Kay, ITV's Goodbye Granadaland was a celebration of the people and programmes that made Manchester's Granada Studios a national treasure. The studios dominated the Manchester skyline for 57 years. It was the first television complex to be built in the UK and home to some of the greatest programmes in television history from Coronation Street to Cracker and Jewel In The Crown. This documentary was carefully crafted to bring some of the studios' most momentous and iconic stories to life through a wide range of archive, included rare footage uncovered during production. This documentary was a six-month labour of love for archive producer Elspeth Hanna who headed into the Granada archives to uncover footage which had not been seen on TV for decades " if ever. The archive included Inside Granada staff training programmes shot by the station in the early 60s and which, on closer inspection, consisted of footage of the TV studios which had never been broadcast " including early behind the scenes shots of Coronation Street being made. Elspeth also collated home movie footage from Granada staff from different generations to help build up an intimate portrayal of a North West institution.