Russell T. Davies at Granada@60 Kids TV Retrospective

As part of the Granada@60 celebrations, former Doctor Who impresario Russell T. Davies will be a special guest for a screening of some of the best children’s TV ever to come under the Granada umbrella.

Taking part in the Granada Kids TV Retrospective, the screening will celebrate a number of Granada’s memorable kids TV shows over the years, providing a platform to many of whom would go on to shape television for the next 25 years and beyond.

As well as a curated session of extracts and rarities, including Clapperboard, the Owl Service, Hickory House, Picture Box, Ghosts of Motley Hall and Children’s Ward, there will also be a host of special guests including Clapperboard’s Chris Kelly, Children’s Ward writer Russell T Davies, producer Kieran Roberts and director Beryl Richards and actors Andrew Knott and Jane Danson, now better known for the History Boys and as Coronation Street’s Lianne Battersby.

Children's Ward Series 1 Episode 2 Keely Johnson [Jenny Luckraft] quizzes a reluctant Billy Ryan [Tim Vincent] about his visitor. Copyright Granada Television

Speaking of his time working on Children’s Ward – where Russell T. Davies was the executive producer, as well as writer from 1992 till 1995 – Davies said:

“I’m so proud of it.  I still think it’s one of the best things I ever wrote.  Oh I’ll be excited to see it again.”

Other screenings taking place over the weekend include a look back at World in Action with legendary cameraman George Jesse Turner, who be discussing how the show became such an important part of our national conversation and, of course, no look back at the work of Granada TV would be complete without a trip down the cobbles of Coronation Street. Join writers Debbie Oates and John Stevenson, executive producer Kieran Roberts and star of the cobbles Sally Dynevor as they showcase archive gems and provide a sneak peek at what’s to come on the Weatherfield cobbles for Christmas.

The Granada Kids TV Retrospective will take place on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 13:30 at Manchester’s HOME centre and tickets can be booked through their site.  

(With thanks to Gareth Kavanagh)