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From The Royle Family to The Crown – Hull graduate shares ‘Inspired in Hull’ story

A Hull graduate working at the cutting edge of the British film and TV industry, Andy Harries, returns to the University this week to deliver the first in a new series of ‘Inspired in Hull’ talks.

Andy studied Politics at the University of Hull, graduating in 1974, and went on to be involved in some of the most prominent British television shows of recent times. His achievements so far include becoming Controller of Drama, Comedy and Film for Granada Productions and producing renowned shows such as The Royle Family, Prime Suspect, The Mrs Merton Show, Cracker, Cold Feet, The Queen and BAFTA-winning screen play The Deal.

Andy Harries

Now CEO and Co-Founder of Left Bank Pictures, he continues to produce acclaimed drama and film such as Wallander, The Damned United, and Golden Globe-winning series The Crown.

Andy Harries returns to the University of Hull on Thursday 20 October, 7pm, to share his ‘Inspired in Hull’ story in a public talk on campus at Middleton Hall.

The event launches the autumn series of Inspired in Hull which sees eminent graduates return to the University to share their stories. The talks are open to the public and free to attend.

The University will be welcoming the return of leading historian, author and broadcaster Tracy Borman onto campus for the following Inspired in Hull event on Tuesday 1 November.

Tracy studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997. Now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy is also a regular on TV and radio – including presenting documentaries and series – and has authored 13 books in the last 15 years.

Dr Ben Butler, Head of Development and Alumni Relations: “We are delighted to be bringing our popular alumni lecture series Inspired in Hull back in style this autumn.

“Andy Harries been working at the cutting edge of film and television for over four decades, and this is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of the most important figures working in the British film and television industry today.

“Tracy is an exceptional ambassador for the University, a fascinating storyteller, and a prolific contributor to our understanding of the history of Britain.

“We are delighted to welcome them back to the place where it all started.”

Find further details of the Inspired in Hull series and book tickets here.

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