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He lost a leg in battle and ran the BFI and Royal Opera House. But Denis Forman, 95, is proudest of his work in TV, above all The Jewel in the Crown – and Coronation Street, of course

At this time of year, Denis Forman would usually be in Goa, India, where he and his wife have a house. This year he is in St Mary's hospital in London, being treated for ulcers and pneumonia, and after seven weeks he's hating it. "I'm getting hospital-minded," he complains. "I can listen to music, but I can no longer read or be creative, and 24 hours is a lot to get through. The only thing I can do now is make up nonsense rhymes about members of my family. That is the limit of my creative ability."

Even in bed, with a tube up his nose and his artificial leg on the floor beside him »

- Stephen Moss

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