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Talk, Sun 25 Jun 2017, £5

Derek Granger

Derek Granger


Derek Granger is best known as the producer and co-writer of the iconic multi-award winning 1981 television drama Brideshead Revisited, but he was also a producer of Coronation Street in its early days, as well as being a journalist and scriptwriter. Derek’s lifetime experience in the world of film and television, and the friendships he has forged over some nine decades give him a unique insight into this world. One such enduring friendship was with Laurence Olivier and his wife Joan Plowright. He worked closely with Olivier, first as literary consultant at the Old Vic in the early days of the newly formed National Theatre, and latterly at Granada where he co-produced with Olivier a series of television adaptations of famous British plays. Derek was given complete access to Olivier’s papers to write the definitive life of the greatest actor of the English-speaking world in the 20th century.

There will be a reception after the talk in the foyer of the BIrley Centre.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 25 Jun 2017 17:00




The Birley Centre

01323 452255


The Birley Centre,
Carlisle Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 4EX



See location of The Birley Centre at Eastbourne College on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: OA 610835  Lat: 50.76243 Long: 0.28262

Eastbourne is entered from the north via the A27 or the A22. If approaching from the A22, at the large roundabout just north of Polegate, follow the signs to Willingdon (3rd exit) through the traffic lights at Polegate, until you reach the Willingdon roundabout.

If approaching Eastbourne from the A27, at the junction with the A2270 traffic lights, turn right (signposted Polegate and Willingdon) and follow the A2270 until you reach the Willingdon roundabout.

At the roundabout take the second exit directed to the town centre (west). Follow straight on the A2270 until you come to a roundabout with the railway station on your left and the Prezzo restaurant on your right. Then turn right into Grove Road, keeping the library on your right and go past the police station, following signs for Devonshire Park, which is adjacent the College. The College will appear on your left in Grange Road. Old Wish Road is at the far end of the pitch which is in front of the school.

From other directions, head for the seafront and turn inland opposite the Martello Tower (the Wish Tower) joining Carlisle Road. Turn right into Grange Road and immediately right into Old Wish Road.

The Birley Centre is a 10 minute walk (or 5 minute taxi ride) from the station. Follow Gildredge Road to the end, then cross over South Street and Furness Road to College Road. The Birley Centre is situated at the end of the road on the right, at the junction between College and Carlisle Roads.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Eastbourne station


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