The Info List - Denis Forman

Sir John Denis Forman, OBE (13 October 1917 – 24 February 2013)[1] was a Scottish executive in the British television industry long associated with the ITV contractor Granada, and with various charitable and governmental bodies in the arts.[2]


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Publications 4 References 5 External links 6 See also

Career[edit] Forman was born in 1917 in Cragielands, near Moffat, in Dumfries
to the Rev Adam Forman, an Episcopalian vicar and country gentleman who later became a Presbyterian minister.[2] The family lived in a house built in the Palladian style and were devout.[2] Forman recounted his childhood in his memoir Son of Adam (1990, filmed as My Life So Far
My Life So Far
in 1999). He was educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh
and Pembroke College, Cambridge. Forman had a distinguished military career during the Second World War and was wounded at Monte Cassino,[3] losing a leg.[2] After the war he joined the British Film Institute
British Film Institute
and was its Director from 1948 to 1955. Later he was Chair of its Board of Governors, from 1971 to 1973. After his main period of work at the BFI, Forman joined the new Granada Television in 1955, an ITV contractor which went on air in the following year, being appointed by Cecil Bernstein (brother of Sidney) who was a BFI governor at the time.[4] He was Chairman from 1974 to 1987, and Deputy Chairman of the Granada Group from 1984 to 1990.[3] He was also Deputy Chairman of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, from 1983 to 1991.[3] Personal life[edit] Forman married Helen de Mouilpied in 1948 and they had two sons, Charlie and Adam. She died in 1987. He married again in 1990, to Moni, the widow of the journalist James Cameron.[2] He died of a heart attack in a nursing home in London, aged 95.[5] Publications[edit]

Mozart’s Piano Concertos, 1971 Son of Adam (autobiog.), 1990 To Reason Why (autobiog.), 1991 The Good Opera Guide, (ed) 1994 Persona Granada: some memories of Sidney Bernstein and the early days of Independent Television (autobiog.), 1997 The Good Wagner Guide, 2000


^ "Sir Denis Forman". Telegraph. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-25.  ^ a b c d e Philip Purser (2013-02-25). "Sir Denis Forman obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-25.  ^ a b c "Who's Who". A & C Black. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2011.  ^ Anthony Hayward "Sir Denis Forman: Granada executive hailed as a pioneer of commercial television", The Independent, 27 February 2013 ^ Granada's Sir Denis Forman dies aged 95 BBC News, 25 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013.

External links[edit]

Denis Forman on IMDb WW2 Experience Website detailing Forman's Military Career History of The British Film Institute
British Film Institute
Project Appearance on Desert Island Discs (3 March 1991)

See also[edit]

John Grierson David Plowright

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BAFTA Fellowship recipients


Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1971) Freddie Young (1972) Grace Wyndham Goldie (1973) David Lean
David Lean
(1974) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1975) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1976) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Denis Forman (1977) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1978) Lew Grade
Lew Grade
(1979) Huw Wheldon
Huw Wheldon
(1979) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1980) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Abel Gance
Abel Gance
(1981) Michael Powell
Michael Powell
& Emeric Pressburger
Emeric Pressburger
(1981) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1983) Hugh Greene (1984) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1984) Jeremy Isaacs (1985) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1987) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1989) Paul Fox (1990) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1991) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1992) David Plowright (1992) Sydney Samuelson (1993) Colin Young (1993) Michael Grade
Michael Grade
(1994) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1995) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1996) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(1996) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1996) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1996) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1997) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
(1997) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Oswald Morris (1997) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1997) David Rose (1997) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1998) Bill Cotton
Bill Cotton
(1998) Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1999) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1999) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2000) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(2000) Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette


Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2001) John Thaw
John Thaw
(2001) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2002) Merchant Ivory Productions (2002) Andrew Davies (2002) John Mills
John Mills
(2002) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(2003) David Jason (2003) John Boorman
John Boorman
(2004) Roger Graef (2004) John Barry (2005) David Frost
David Frost
(2005) David Puttnam
David Puttnam
(2006) Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2006) Anne V. Coates (2007) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Will Wright (2007) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2008) Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
(2008) Dawn French
Dawn French
& Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
(2009) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(2009) Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell
(2009) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2010) Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto
(2010) Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg
(2010) Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
(2011) Peter Molyneux
Peter Molyneux
(2011) Trevor McDonald (2011) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2012) Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris
(2012) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(2013) Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell
(2013) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2013) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2014) Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games
(2014) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2014) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2015) David Braben (2015) Jon Snow (2015) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2016) John Carmack
John Carmack
(2016) Ray Galton & Alan Simpson (2016) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2017) Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
(2017) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott

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