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In conversation with Derek Granger and David Grindley

Location: Birley Centre

All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Eastbourne College Bursaries Fund.

Tickets £15, available now from (includes a glass of champagne and birthday cake). 

An illustrated question-and answer spellbinding saunter through the 20th century world of film, television, theatre and much, much more with Derek Granger and David Grindley.

The bar will be open before and after and we are happy to accept donations in cash only.

Derek Granger (Powell 1935–39) was born on 23 April 1921. After the Second World War, in which he served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Derek worked as a journalist in Brighton, before being headhunted by the Financial Times as their first drama and film critic. That led to an invitation from Sidney Bernstein, the head of Granada, to work in television. He was a producer of Coronation Street in its early days, as well as being a scriptwriter, and later became Granada’s head of drama. Derek has spoken at the College several times in recent years including giving a fascinating talk to the sixth form about his lifelong relationship with Hamlet, and inspiring pupils with his knowledge of countless productions. He worked with and was a close friend of Laurence Olivier who also appeared in Brideshead Revisited as Lord Marchmain for which Derek is probably most famous as its producer for Granada Television. It won a BAFT A award for best drama series in 1982. When he gave a talk about this production in 2014, he was joined by cast members Anthony Andrews and Nickolas Grace. We are delighted that Derek has accepted an invitation to come to talk, on the day after his 101st birthday, about his life. The audience will be invited to help him celebrate after the talk with something bubbly and some birthday cake. David Grindley (Wargrave 1986–88) read English literature and philosophy at the University of York and then became a theatre director. His keynote productions are Loot, Abigail’s Party, Journey’s End, The Philanthropist, What The Butler Saw, The American Plan, Copenhagen, and The Gigli Concert. In 2007, David’s production of Journey’s End won the Tony Award for Best Revival. He and Derek have recently met at Derek’s Thames-side flat to put together this afternoon’s talk.