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The Scotsman liked making money, but he treasured making good programmes even more

Even three volumes of autobiography could not do justice to the life of Denis Forman. He contrived a triptych – posh Scottish upbringing; the war years; and his time running Granada TV. The war saw him lose a leg at Monte Cassino. At Granada he and Sidney Bernstein created an independent broadcaster to rival the BBC in terms of ambition, culture and sense of public duty. He loved causing trouble with World in Action. He was ever proud of The Jewel in the Crown. He liked making money, but he treasured making good programmes even more. With his first wife, Helen, he commissioned Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. With his second wife, Moni (widow of James Cameron), he lived half the year in Goa, writing a study of Mozart concertos and a plain-speaking guide to opera. »

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