Derek Granger, British producer and screenwriter who was the driving force behind the popular 1981 miniseries visit the bridedied on Tuesday at his home in the UK, says screenwriter Tim Sullivan hollywood reporter. He was 101.
Granger collaborated with Sullivan and bride-in-law writer-director Charles Sturridge on great period films A handful of dust (1988), starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Judi Dench, James Wilby, Anjelica Huston and Rupert Graves, and Where angels are afraid to walk (1991), featuring Graves, Helena Bonham Carter and Judy Davis.
Once a journalist and frequent collaborator of Laurence Olivier, Granger joined Granada Television in 1958, where he headed the television series and produced the popular soap opera. Opening the street; epic series 1972-73 The national problem, starring Ian McKellen; 1976 adaptation of The cat on the roof of hot tin, starring Olivier, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; and of course, visit the bride.
Based on Evelyn Waugh’s long pre-World War II novel first published in 1945, visit the bride was voted the 10th best show of all time by the British Film Institute in 2000. Starring Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick and Anthony Andrews, the ITV production has won seven BAFTA awards and been nominated for 11 awards. Emmy, including Outstanding Limited Series Award.
“It was very experimental at the time because nothing like it of that scale had ever been done on film except Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spyjust a year ago, but nothing like production value,” Granger recalled in 2017.
“We’ve been there with foreign sites… hunting scenes, Atlantic ocean liner scenes… very grand houses… It was breathtaking. I don’t think anyone has figured out how to do it. And of course we did. I mean, we started at six and finished at eleven!”
Born on 23 April 1921, Granger served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, later reviewing plays for Sussex Daily News and Evening Argus in Brighton, England. Olivier liked his writing and recommended him as the first drama and film critic for Financial Timeswhere he helped launch the newspaper’s art page.
However, Granger “is fed up with the re-watching,” he said walkie talkie last year, “and would love to be on television. Just then, I got a phone call from Sidney Bernstein, founder of Granada TV, asking if I wanted to join the company.”
For 10 months in 1961-62, Granger was the second manufacturer in the world Opening the street, where he introduces storylines that can span multiple episodes. He also produced its spin-offs Sorry for the expressions and Turn off the light as well as documentary series Cinema and World in action.
“With infinite sadness, the production team at Opening the street and ITV Studios extend their sincere condolences to Derek’s family and friends,” ITV said in a statement.
He left to work at Weekend Television in London and the National Theater (as a literary consultant to Olivier) before returning to Granada to produce six plays, including The cat on the hot tin roof and by Harold Pinter Collectionstarring Helen Mirren and Alan Bates.
visit the bride – won only one Emmy, for Olivier’s support – cost several million dollars to make and was interrupted by an ITV strike in 1979, three years to complete.
As work stalled, Granger was forced to replace his original director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had previously been committed, with Sturridge, an inexperienced pupil of his at Granada, who was at the same level. age 20. He turned out to be amazing, he said.
Granger noted that he and his team were motivated to produce “something that was extremely close to the feel of the novel and would repeat it. And I think… the TV experience is just as good, if not slightly better. But that’s what we want to do. We want to be honest with Waugh.
He retired in the early 1990s. His husband and partner of 66 years, interior designer Kenneth Partridge — he designed homes for John Lennon and Ringo Starr and Beatles manager Brian Epstein — died in December 2015 at the age of 89.