Lines from a play

DECEPTION – by John Finch Lines from a play about World War 2 and the failed early post-war years seen in the relationship between Joe and the three generations of his family, of which he is the second.   JOE:    Your grandmother loved Jess…saw her as my salvation…Jess was nearly …

Covid 19

Came across a letter today from Lez Cooke, Senior Researcher at Royal Holloway, London University.  I had thought the virus had passed me by, but he reminded me of some lines which I’d written in  a play I had part written  and then abandoned, giving up the attempt  to rewrite …

Two Poems

For fathers day John received a membership for a family tree website, which brought to mind some poems from his book of poetry. Johns poetry book is held by the British Poetry Library in London and is available on Amazon Portrait in Sepia   He belongs to the world of …

Aunt Polly

She was my mother’s sister, one of the five children born to my grandparents. Trained as a teacher via a scholarship she probably agreed with the old adage, “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. She was a competent pianist and also organist at the local Anglican church to which …


A friend suggested I should type in my name on my Internet search engine. I did, hardly believing it would produce anything.   The first item it produced related to a John Finch who was a highly thought of London clockmaker in 1765, which might remotely connect, I thought, to my …

John Finch writer – Autobiography | Publisher being sought

John’s autobiography is going through final edits and now needs a good reliable publisher.

You can updates about his autobiography here>>GO  

John has recently completed his Autobiographycommented upon by Sir Michael Parkinson I think your book is a wonderful account of an important time and the part you played in its history….. I think the book is an important contribution to a particularly rich period in the history of British television.  Thank you for giving me the chance to read it before the rest of the world and I hope people will come to understand what an extraordinary journey it was that you made

You can read John’s credits here>>GO

John Finch was born in Liverpool in the years of the depression. 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.

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, meeting figures such as Churchill and Gandhi.  He stayed in London to write for various magazines such as Illustrated and Picture Post with occasional contributions to the BBC.

In 1960 he 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 including “A Family at War” and “Sam”

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