Granada TV in Manchester was the launch pad for some of the nation’s favourite programmes in the 1980s.

Red Dwarf, Brideshead Revisited, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Watching all made their debuts during the decade.

Short-lived drama series Albion Market lasted for just a year after its first episode in 1985, but Coronation Street soldiered on past its 30th anniversary.

How well do you remember the Manchester-produced TV highlights of the 1980s? Why not test your knowledge in our nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends?

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Sebastian’s teddy bear in the 1981 Granada production of Brideshead Revisited, starring Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons, was insured for no less than $20,000. What was the bear called?

Anthony Andrews of Brideshead Revisited with his wife Georgina Simpson, January 1982
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Which actor starred as detective Sherlock Holmes in Granada’s 10-year-long series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes first aired in 1984?

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The Queen visited the set of Coronation Street in May 1982, stopping at the corner shop run by Alf Roberts – once the Mayor of Weatherfield. Which actor played Alf?

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit the Coronation Street set, May 1982
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In what year was the series The Jewel in the Crown broadcast by Granada TV?

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Tony Booth, pictured, portrayed Ted Pilkington in Albion Market which was cancelled after 100 episodes in 1986. What role did Booth play in the BBC comedy Till Death Us Do Part?

Tony Booth, who played Ted Pilkington in Albion Market
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Leigh Lawson starred in the 1980s Granada TV series Travelling Man which saw main character Lomax journeying around the country searching for his missing son. What form of transport did Lomax use?

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Granada’s long-running sci-fi series Red Dwarf launched in 1988 with Craig Charles playing principal character Dave Lister. Who originally portrayed the ship’s computer Holly?

Red Dwarf star Craig Charles, February 1996
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In which part of the UK was the 1980s Granada sitcom Watching set? It ran for seven series from 1987 to 1993

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Comedienne, writer and singer Victoria Wood filmed Wood and Walters at Granada with co-star Julia Walters from 1981 to 1982. What famous movie did Walters make with Michael Caine a year later in 1983?

Prestwich comedienne and composer Victoria Wood, January 1986
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Which Manchester band composed the music for the popular series Making Out – a drama/comedy based on life in an electronics factory?

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