27-04-2007 by Timothy Coleman

The man who produced the award-winning British film, “The Queen” has swapped the red carpet of Hollywood for a Coventry University lecture hall this week.

Andy Harries, who saw Dame Helen Mirren win the Oscar for her outstanding performance as the Queen, spoke to John Mair, as part of the Coventry Conversations series.

Andy was appointed Controller of Drama and Comedy in 2000 having spent seven years creating and running Granada’s acclaimed Comedy Department. In his capacity as Controller of Comedy, he oversaw programmes including Cold Feet for ITV1, which won a BAFTA (Best Drama 2002); The Mrs Merton Show (1997 BAFTA Best Talk Show) and The Royle Family for BBC1 (2000 BAFTA Situation Comedy).

As Controller of Drama, Comedy and Factual Drama, Andy’s departmental output has been prolific. Productions range from Hot Money and My Beautiful Son for ITV1 to the adaptation of The Forsythe Saga and Dr Zhivago. In 2003, he supervised BAFTA Award-winning The Deal for Channel 4, Henry VIII and Donovan, the critically acclaimed dramas Wall of Silence and Danielle Cable: Eyewitness and the Prime Suspect. In 2004 he launched Life Begins, Island at War, Tell Me Lies, Planespotting, Angell’s Hell and Christmas Lights.

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