Eastbourne College hosted its first Circus Creative Arts Festival – including a Q&A with a very special old boy 

Eastbourne College welcomed back its oldest living former pupil, Derek Granger, to celebrate his 101st birthday with a Q&A about his remarkable life in drama, as part of its new Circus Creative Arts Festival.

The TV drama veteran, best known for producing Brideshead Revisited, returned to take part in a conversation with theatre director and fellow Old Eastbournian David Grindley in front of a live audience. Derek Granger recalled fondly his time as a scriptwriter and producer on Coronation Street in the early 1960s, although Brideshead remains his proudest TV drama achievement.

Derek Granger Interview
Derek Granger is best known for producing the landmark 1980s drama of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited’

The four-day event featured appearances from a formidable range of other creative talents, including actor Ed Speleers, writer Paul Mayhew-Archer and singer Mark Le Brocq. Funds raised go towards the school’s bursary programme, enabling more children to access an education at the college and at St Andrew’s Prep.

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