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denton1,053 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Why is Granada called Granada?

Most of the other ITV regional company names had some kind of 'connection' to where they were based... i.e Tyne Tees, Ulster, Scottish, Thames, Westward, etc etc. The only exceptions I can think of at this time of night are: Granada, ABC, Rediffusion, ATV (there may have been others).

So what is the significance of the name GRANADA?
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Granada Cinemas was a cinema chain in the south, Granada went for the Northern franchise (and called itself by the same name) to avoid competition with the cinemas.

I believe Sidney Bernstein chose the name because he liked Granada the place (which is in Spain).

You're right though, almost every ITV company apart from the original big four have had regionally-based names, the one major exception being Carlton (and possibly HTV although AIUI Lord Harlech was a well-known figure in Wales whose name had become synonymous with the country or something).

It always amused me that the two major players in ITV plc (Carlton and Granada) were also the names of Ford/Vauxhall's lacklustre attempts to create a BMW/Mercedes alternative... Very Happy At least the Anglia didn't try to be something it wasn't.....
noggin14,679 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Jez posted:
I wonder why we dont get "Granada Meridian" when we get "Granada Anglia" ? I can understand them not wanting Carlton though.


Well Carlton never had any studios, and Meridian no longer have any (apart from three broom cupboards in a tin-shed for local news), so it could be because of this - though it might not be.

It could also be that the production units at ex-LWT, ex-YTV, ex-Anglia etc. are still significant production units, and thus large enough to deserve an autonomous identity, but Meridian and Carlton's production units may no longer exist in any real form?
noggin14,679 posts since 26 Jun 2001
KevHal posted:
nope, Granada Television Ltd is seen at the end of This Morning and thats made in London. Mystery.


Yes - but as others have pointed out, This Morning is different. When it was made in Liverpool it was a Granada production in a Granada studio.

When it moved to London, it remained a Granada production (it didn't become an LWT production), because it was made by a Granada production team working in London, not LWT. Sure it used a studio in the LWT building - hired from London Studios (the spun-off studio operation that hires out studios previously used only by LWT)

I think the distinction is that This Morning is made by a production team who would still be called Granada even if the merger in ITV hadn't taken place.

The Granada London production would have been used only if it were a production made by an ex-LWT production team (which This Morning never was)

It is just like Film 2005 being a BBC Scotland production, even though the production team are based in London, and the early Lottery shows being BBC Manchester productions, even though their teams were based in Shepherds Bush...
Jez10,802 posts since 7 May 2001
Tonight with Trevor McDonald also has a Granada Manchester endcap presumably because the production team who work on it are based in Manchester?

The following AFAIK are made in the following studios

Manchester - Corrie, You've Been Framed, Tonight, Stars in their eyes, 60 Minute Makeover. Jerry Springer Show

Yorkshire - Emmerdale, Heartbeat, The Royal, Fat Friends, A Touch of Frost

The London Studios - The Paul O Grady Show, This Morning, Loose Womenl, Saturday Night Takeaway, GMTV
tvmercia3,605 posts since 16 Sep 2001
i havent watched any itv football for a while - but the last time i saw the credits of an itv football show (it was post merger) it was credited to "Central Television/ISN". is this still the case? obviously there was no end cap involved as they use the itv sport sting or whatever.
Jack Carkdale481 posts since 23 Apr 2004
Is the new season of Where The Heart Is now credited as just plain Granada? Or is it "Granada Yorkshire" or something?

The previous season(s) carried a Meridian production caption (in purple GMG-ised style). I never understood that. Isn't the plot set in Yorkshire, or somewhere else northern? So why was it a Meridian production? Confused
Jez10,802 posts since 7 May 2001
Jack Carkdale posted:
Is the new season of Where The Heart Is now credited as just plain Granada? Or is it "Granada Yorkshire" or something?

The previous season(s) carried a Meridian production caption (in purple GMG-ised style). I never understood that. Isn't the plot set in Yorkshire, or somewhere else northern? So why was it a Meridian production? Confused


The earlier series of Where the Heart is were credited to Anglia i believe. I dont watch it anymore but it is set in Yorkshire.
Andrew13,989 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Jack Carkdale posted:
Is the new season of Where The Heart Is now credited as just plain Granada? Or is it "Granada Yorkshire" or something?

The previous season(s) carried a Meridian production caption (in purple GMG-ised style). I never understood that. Isn't the plot set in Yorkshire, or somewhere else northern? So why was it a Meridian production? Confused

Because Meridian made it?
There's no rule that a regional ITV station can only base dramas within their own region!