Cat no. 226496

British Cinema History Research Project Oral Histories: Lord Lew Grade (film/television producer)

c.1988

Lord Lew Grade (25 December 1905 - 14 December 1998)

In this interview, Lord Lew Grade talks to Alan Sapper about his career as a producer in the British film and television industry. After an early career as a dancer, Grade set up a theatrical agency in 1934. He talks about the growth of this business, and his move into commercial television during the 1950s. He briefly discusses the films and television productions he has been involved in making, including films such as 'The Eagle Has Landed' (1976) and 'Raise the Titanic' (1980). The main focus of this interview, however, is Grade's personal business style, his good relationship with the Trade Unions (including ACTT) and his thoughts on what kinds of qualities he looks for in good drama.

(Lawrence Napper, BCHRP)