Updated: Tuesday, 27th June 2017 @ 10:39am

Legendary TV producer Johnnie Hamp honoured by city

Legendary TV producer Johnnie Hamp honoured by city

By Robert James Pollock

Legendary TV producer Johnnie Hamp was honoured with the City of Manchester and Lord Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Town Hall yesterday.

During a distinguished and varied career Hamp turned his hand to television presenting, talent booking, working as a theatrical producer but most significantly as one of Britain’s best known television producers.

His spectacular career, which has spanned five decades, has saw him work with just about every major British and American artiste in the book.

Hamp was head-hunted from London in 1962, where he was working as a producer for Granada Television, and asked to co-produce the nightly magazine programme ‘Scene’.

Hamp quickly fell in love with the city and would go on to produce more than 2000 programmes here.

Notable highlights in his career include being responsible for the first televised appearances of The Beatles, Woody Allen and singer turned presenter Cilla Black.

In 1971 Hamp enjoyed huge success with the series The Comedians, the show which ran intermittently between 1971 and 1985 brought the likes of Mike Reid, Stan Boardman and Bernard Manning to fame.

Upon his retirement Hamp turned his attention to charity and has raised money on behalf of The Variety Club of Great Britain, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Fund and Barnados.

Hamp becomes only the third person to receive this prestigious gong; it was previously awarded to Johnny Roadhouse, founder of the iconic Manchester Music store, and Harry Goodwin, celebrity photographer.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Harry Lyons JP said, “I’m delighted to present Johnnie with this award. He has achieved so much in his remarkable career and the commitment he has shown to charity work throughout his life is incredibly admirable.”

Johnnie Hemp said, “It is a great honour to be the recipient of this prestigious award. Within a few weeks of arriving in the north I knew that this is where I belonged. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world making programmes and there is nowhere else I’d rather live.”