Stephen John Finch

Stephen John Finch


In 1960, John became the first freelance writer to be contracted to write Coronation Street, and later became editor and producer. He went on to become Granada’s most prolific writer and created, wrote and edited many of the companies longest running serials and series. John Finch was born in Liverpool in the years of the Depression. He was brought up in Yorkshire when his father disappeared and his mother returned to live with her father, a retired Yorkshire miner. Until he left school at the age of fourteen, he had been to twelve schools, including an orphanage. At the outbreak of war, basically uneducated, he did various jobs but finally joined the Merchant Navy at the age of sixteen and sailed from Liverpool in 1941. He served as a sparks on a freighter, a tanker, a troopship and a rescue tug before being medically discharged in 1944. His first post war job was as a trainee librarian at a miner’s welfare library, but having a long time ambition to be a writer he soon left to live in London, firstly as secretary and general amanuensis to Jacob Epstein, the sculptor when he lived opposite the London home of Winston Churchill. He stayed in London to write for various magazines such as Illustrated and Picture Post with occasional contributions to the BBC. He returned North in the early fifties to become press release writer to Leyland Motors in Lancashire. Later he joined a heavy engineering company in Rochdale and became marketing manager. In his spare time he continued writing and his first play, the first in television to have an industrial setting, was transmitted in 1958.


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In 1960, John became the first freelance writer to be contracted to write Coronation Street, and later became editor and producer. He went on to become Granada’s most prolific writer and created, wrote and edited many of the companies longest running serials and series. John Finch was born in Liverpool in the years of the Depression. He was brought up in Yorkshire when his father disappeared and his mother returned to live with her father, a retired Yorkshire miner. Until he left school at the age of fourteen, he had been to twelve schools, including an orphanage. At the outbreak of war, basically uneducated, he did various jobs but finally joined the Merchant Navy at the age of sixteen and sailed from Liverpool in 1941. He served as a sparks on a freighter, a tanker, a troopship and ...


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